poet Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Thomas Lovell Beddoes

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Ballad Of Human Life

WHEN we were girl and boy together,
We toss’d about the flowers
And wreath’d the blushing hours
Into a posy green and sweet.
I sought the youngest, best,
And never was at rest
Till I had laid them at thy fairy feet.
But the days of childhood they were fleet,
And the blooming sweet-briar-breath’d weather,
When we were boy and girl together.

Then we were lad and lass together,
And sought the kiss of night
Before we felt aright,
Sitting and singing soft and sweet.
The dearest thought of heart
With thee ’t was joy to part,
And the greater half was thine, as meet.
Still my eyelid’s dewy, my veins they beat
At the starry summer-evening weather,
When we were lad and lass together.

And we are man and wife together,
Although thy breast, once bold
With song, be clos’d and cold
Beneath flowers’ roots and birds’ light feet.
Yet sit I by thy tomb,
And dissipate the gloom
With songs of loving faith and sorrow sweet.
And fate and darkling grave kind dreams do cheat,
That, while fair life, young hope, despair and death are,
We ’re boy and girl, and lass and lad, and man and wife together.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (3/24/2020 12:40:00 PM)

    The Ballad Of Human Life, such a most beautiful poem about praising Love.Mesmerizing and captivating.
    CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day. Hooray! God's Blessings for the family of the late Poet.

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  • Dominic Windram (3/24/2020 7:03:00 AM)

    Maginicent rhyming poem in praise of love.

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  • Gangadharan nair pulingat (3/24/2020 6:18:00 AM)

    with songs of loving faith and sorrow sweet.......a very good love poem likes.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/24/2020 3:16:00 AM)

    That, while fair life, young hope, despair and death are,
    We ’re boy and girl, and lass and lad, and man and wife together.....nice expression. Beautiful poem. Thanks and congratulations.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/24/2020 2:00:00 AM)

    With songs of loving faith and sorrow sweet.
    And fate and darkling grave kind dreams do cheat,
    That, while fair life, young hope, despair and death are,
    We ’re boy and girl, and lass and lad, and man and wife together. very good poem. tony

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (3/24/2020 12:38:00 AM)

    Wonderful recollection of young life and on in Nature before the tomb of beloved soul is nicely depicted in this ballad by the Poet! Thanks for sharing this here!

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (3/24/2019 5:51:00 PM)

    One of the best poems by Thomas Lovell Beddoes.....

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  • Benjamin Uy, (3/24/2019 5:16:00 PM)

    We were Boy, Lass, Man, Wife, the years and everything,

    Great
    Poem, great poet. Thanks*****

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (3/24/2019 4:04:00 PM)

    Enjoyed the beautiful rhythm.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/24/2019 12:00:00 PM)

    A great song of life, full of love for the beloved since childhood and longing in her memories after her departure for the heavenly abode as his wife.. A well deserved classic poem of the D

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (3/24/2019 10:57:00 AM)

    Beautiful write on love and life

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/24/2019 10:34:00 AM)

    Love, relationship, life

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/24/2019 10:33:00 AM)

    Wonderful poetry for love. Old style love.

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  • Julia Luber (3/24/2019 9:43:00 AM)

    Interesting stages of life and love's development.

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (9/1/2017 11:12:00 PM)

    That, while fair life, young hope, despair and death are,
    We ’re boy and girl, and lass and lad, and man and wife together.
    Yes deep and dedicated love sustains through ages and stages.
    Great poem. Thanks for the sharing.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (11/5/2015 12:17:00 PM)

    Various phases of boy and girl are well said in this poem making a note on human life in the world!

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (11/5/2015 12:12:00 PM)

    Okay. I looked up his date of birth and death. He did not die at age 15 and write such masterful poetry as a teenager! His real birthdate and date of death is (30 June 1803 – 26 January 1849) . This was a very sweet and sad glimpse of love

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (11/5/2015 11:51:00 AM)

    Marvelous depiction of love through different stages.the strong bond between lover and beloved and lastly love's graceful presence even after parting.Hope and despair, life and death, happiness and sorrow are always part of life like the man and his wife from beginning to end.

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