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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dead Man's Morrice

Rating: 2.9
There came a crowder to the Mermaid Inn,
One dark May night,
Fiddling a tune that quelled our motley din,
With quaint delight,
It haunts me yet, as old lost airs will do,
A phantom strain:
_Look for me once, lest I should look for you,
And look in vain._

In that old wood, where ghosts of lovers walk,
At fall of day,
Gleaning such fragments of their ancient talk
As poor ghosts may,
From leaves that brushed their faces, wet with dew,
Or tears, or rain,...
_Look for me once, lest I should look for you,
And look in vain._

Have we not seen them--pale forgotten shades
That do return,
Groping for those dim paths, those fragrant glades,
Those nooks of fern,
Only to find that, of the may they knew,
No wraiths remain;
_Yet they still look, as I should look for you,
And look in vain._

They see those happier ghosts that waned away--
Whither, who knows?--
Ghosts that come back with music and the may,
And Spring's first rose,
Lover and lass, to sing the old burden through,
Stave and refrain:
_Look for me once, lest I should look for you,
And look in vain._

So, after death, if in that starless deep,
I lose your eyes,
I'll haunt familiar places. I'll not keep
Tryst in the skies.
I'll haunt the whispering elms that found us true,
The old grass-grown lane.
_Look for me there, lest I should look for you,
And look in vain._

There, as of old, under the dreaming moon,
A phantom throng
Floats through the fern, to a ghostly morrice tune,
A thin sweet song,
Hands link with hands, eyes drown in eyes anew,
Lips meet again....
_Look for me, once, lest I should look for you,
And look in vain._
Alfred Noyes
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COMMENTS
Khairul Ahsan 24 November 2020
'In that old wood, where ghosts of lovers walk, At fall of day, Gleaning such fragments of their ancient talk As poor ghosts may, From leaves that brushed their faces, wet with dew, Or tears, or rain, ... _Look for me once, lest I should look for you, And look in vain.' - Loved this stanza. So beautiful! A well deserved honor being selected as the 'Classic Poem of the day'!
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Mahtab Bangalee 24 November 2020
_Look for me there, lest I should look for you, And look in vain._/// ghostly poem; enjoyable; the existence is everywhere but nowhere see anyone!
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Kyvin Nash 24 November 2020
Beautiful piece Alfred... I learn a lot from your work Sir...thanks for sharing your writing skills
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Brook Renwick 24 November 2020
Wow! This is really really good!
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Edward Kofi Louis 24 November 2020
Dark night! ! ! Where ghosts of lovers walk. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Mountain Man 24 November 2020
Great poems Alfred, keep it going......
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Fantastic poem for the readers
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Paul Amrod 24 November 2020
A very poignant interesting poet full of lyricism and imagery. I can red him for hours and float on the clouds of his gorgeous imagination.
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Sophie 19 March 2018
Your poems are amzing Alfred
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Sophie Burrows 19 March 2018
Your poems are amazing Alfred
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