John Clare

(13 July 1793 – 20 May 1864 / Northamptonshire / England)

Ballad - Poem by John Clare

A faithless shepherd courted me,
He stole away my liberty.
When my poor heart was strange to men,
He came and smiled and stole it then.

When my apron would hang low,
Me he sought through frost and snow.
When it puckered up with shame,
And I sought him, he never came.

When summer brought no fears to fright,
He came to guard me every night.
When winter nights did darkly prove,
None came to guard me or to love.

I wish, I wish, but all in vain,
I wish I was a maid again.
A maid again I cannot be,
O when will green grass cover me?


Comments about Ballad by John Clare

  • (8/21/2017 1:02:00 PM)


    A lesson to be learnt from each stanza nice one (Report) Reply

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  • (5/11/2017 11:01:00 PM)


    A beautifully conceived profound and thought provoking write. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • (5/11/2017 9:30:00 AM)


    after tasting of your innocence, they disappear and leave you to nurse your wounds. (Report) Reply

  • Joshua Adeyemi (5/11/2017 8:55:00 AM)


    After the long and weary journey of life, the taste of adolescent did on our lips drive. (Report) Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (5/11/2017 8:36:00 AM)


    A song of lament and despair.
    I wish, I wish, but all in vain,
    I wish I was a maid again.
    A maid again I cannot be,
    O when will green grass cover me?
    (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/11/2017 5:21:00 AM)


    Frost and snow..... thanks for posting..... (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (5/11/2017 4:49:00 AM)


    a wonderful poem of loves shame with a disloyal shepherd to blame? .............superbly written (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/11/2017 2:09:00 AM)


    'O when will green grass cover me? ' Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (5/11/2017 12:51:00 AM)


    A ballad with an emotional narrative tracing a divine affair. Loved reading it. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010



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