Eliza Cook

(24 December 1818 – 23 September 1889 / London Road / Southwark / England)

Don'T Tell The World That You'Re Waiting For Me - Poem by Eliza Cook

THREE summers have gone since the first time we met, love,
And still 'tis in vain that I ask thee to wed ;
I hear no reply but a gentle " Not yet, love,"
With a smile of your lip, and a shake of your head.
Ah ! how oft have I whispered, how oft have I sued thee,
And breathed my soul's question of " When shall it be ?"
You know, dear, how long and how truly I've wooed thee,
So don't tell the world that you're waiting for me.

I have fashioned a home, where the fairies might dwell, love,
I've planted the myrtle, the rose, and the vine ;
But the cottage to me is a mere hermit's cell, love,
And the bloom will be dull till the flowers are thine.
I've a ring of bright gold, which I gaze on when lonely,
And sigh with Hope's eloquence, " When will it be ?"
There needs but thy " Yes," love--one little word only,
So don't tell the world that you're waiting for me.


Comments about Don'T Tell The World That You'Re Waiting For Me by Eliza Cook

  • Declan White (11/12/2019 10:09:00 AM)

    Great poem, and great remark on the poem, Aniruddha Pathak. (Report)Reply

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  • Kyvin Nash (11/12/2019 9:13:00 AM)

    Amazing and lovely (Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha Pathak (11/12/2019 5:28:00 AM)

    Wow, what a lovely poem so brilliantly penned,
    full of frustration, but still filled with hope!
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (11/12/2019 4:32:00 AM)

    I've a ring of bright gold, which I gaze on when lonely,
    And sigh with Hope's eloquence, " When will it be? " ..///lovely poem penned
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  • Orbiam Simon (11/12/2019 3:41:00 AM)

    Yes, I won't tell anyone because of love, for love conquers the world. (Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley Egbukole (11/12/2019 1:03:00 AM)

    Earnestly seeking one's love but no positive response yet. Loving can be challenging most times. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (6/11/2019 10:50:00 AM)

    where the fairies might dwell, love,
    I've planted the myrtle, the rose, and the vine;
    But the cottage to me is a mere hermit's cell, love,
    And the bloom will be dull till the flowers are thine. a very fine poem full of lively imagination. tony
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/12/2018 11:13:00 PM)

    Such a lovely write by Eliza Cook................ (Report)Reply

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  • (11/12/2018 10:22:00 PM)

    The intensity of love is touching and the wait for lover's acceptance is very agonizing. Great poem. Thanks for posting it here. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/12/2018 2:39:00 PM)

    Since the first time we met!

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Ramotlhaba Chrisjan (11/12/2018 8:33:00 AM)

    Wow! Great poem indeed (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (11/12/2018 7:42:00 AM)

    The magic of love, 'a home where fairies might dwell.' The uncertainty adds to the magic, so well captured in this poem.. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/12/2018 6:30:00 AM)

    You know, dear, how long and how truly I've wooed thee,
    So don't tell the world that you're waiting for me.......touching and impressive expression with lofty theme. A beautiful poem on love nicely executed.
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  • (11/12/2018 6:25:00 AM)

    This is one of the best feelings of love ever portrayed in elegant and graceful way..........thanks for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab Bangalee (11/12/2018 4:03:00 AM)

    Yes and Love
    truly need their
    there have nothing without this little word
    if they get- no need anything more!
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  • Ramesh T A (11/12/2018 1:08:00 AM)

    Love without a yes for affirmation is long waiting business in life sure! (Report)Reply

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  • (11/12/2018 12:59:00 AM)

    What a lovely poem. What a frustration
    Thus waiting can make you slender
    without dieting...

    Thanks for posting... Enjoyed.
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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