poet Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb

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Blindness

In a stage-coach, where late I chanced to be,
A little quiet girl my notice caught;
I saw she looked at nothing by the way,
Her mind seemed busy on some childish thought.


I with an old man's courtesy addressed
The child, and called her pretty dark-eyed maid,
And bid her turn those pretty eyes and see
The wide extended prospect. 'Sir,' she said,


'I cannot see the prospect, I am blind.'
Never did tongue of child utter a sound
So mournful, as her words fell on my ear.
Her mother then related how she found


Her child was sightless. On a fine bright day
She saw her lay her needlework aside,
And, as on such occasions mothers will,
For leaving off her work began to chide.


'I'll do it when 'tis daylight, if you please,
I cannot work, mamma, now it is night.'
The sun shone bright upon her when she spoke,
And yet her eyes received no ray of light.

Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 10, 2010

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  • Me Poet Yeps PoetMe Poet Yeps Poet (1/10/2020 4:56:00 AM)

    when the eyes have no light when ears have no sound then takes flight the human mind let's go out to find the creatorr you say created us him deaf and me blind

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/11/2017 9:32:00 AM)

    Blindness of a human being is very unfortunate and this poem tells the story in a correct way.

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (2/6/2017 8:52:00 PM)

    Emotional poem with a pathetic tone.
    Good work!

    Sylva-Onyema Uba

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  • Biplab SinghaBiplab Singha (2/6/2017 7:15:00 PM)

    I enjoyed reading. It touched my heart.

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  • Amar AgarwalaAmar Agarwala (2/6/2017 7:11:00 PM)

    A nice poem, but somehow seems incomplete.

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  • Weslee SampelWeslee Sampel (2/6/2017 6:49:00 PM)

    I'm sorry but I'm not seeing this poem right like I'm confused

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (2/6/2017 3:54:00 PM)

    A melancholy glimpse into the marrow of another human being's life.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/6/2017 11:16:00 AM)

    Bright, right! With the ways of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (2/6/2017 9:53:00 AM)

    What a touching poem! ! For her the sun would never shine bright. Sad and beautiful poem.10+++

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (2/6/2017 3:15:00 AM)

    Difficult to put in words, a master piece indeed..+++ Thanks for sharing it.10

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  • Tom Allport (2/6/2017 2:53:00 AM)

    a very good insightful poem of how appearances can be deceptive.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (2/6/2017 1:57:00 AM)

    Very heart touching indeed. The episode of a blind child expressed with compassion. Thanks.
    'I'll do it when 'tis daylight, if you please,
    And yet her eyes received no ray of light.

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (2/6/2017 1:29:00 AM)

    Dark world the is blind is aptly captured in the piece. Beautiful poem written with insight.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/6/2017 12:40:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing......

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  • Edgar StevensEdgar Stevens (6/8/2015 11:46:00 AM)

    very interesting poem this is....

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