Coventry Patmore

(23 July 1823 - 26 November 1896 / Essex, England)


Poem by Coventry Patmore

It was not like your great and gracious ways!
Do you, that have naught other to lament,
Never, my Love, repent
Of how, that July afternoon,
You went,
With sudden, unintelligible phrase,
And frighten'd eye,
Upon your journey of so many days
Without a single kiss, or a good-bye?
I knew, indeed, that you were parting soon;
And so we sate, within the low sun's rays,
You whispering to me, for your voice was weak,
Your harrowing praise.
Well, it was well
To hear you such things speak,
And I could tell
What made your eyes a growing gloom of love,
As a warm South-wind sombres a March grove.
And it was like your great and gracious ways
To turn your talk on daily things, my Dear,
Lifting the luminous, pathetic lash
To let the laughter flash,
Whilst I drew near,
Because you spoke so low that I could scarcely hear.
But all at once to leave me at the last,
More at the wonder than the loss aghast,
With huddled, unintelligible phrase,
And frighten'd eye,
And go your journey of all days
With not one kiss, or a good-bye,
And the only loveless look the look with which you pass'd:
'Twas all unlike your great and gracious ways.

Comments about Departure by Coventry Patmore

  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (11/3/2019 6:37:00 PM)

    Well articulated and nicely brought forth with in persuasive expressions from the heart.(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (11/26/2015 3:16:00 PM)

    Nice poem on love, sensual and with true feeling.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (11/26/2015 10:52:00 AM)

    Wonderful love poem with a flow of intense emotions at the time of farewell being taken by the beloved before her final departure. The intensity of the pain felt is also evident at eastep. Enjoyed the poem. Thanks for sharing.10+ch(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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