John Clare

(13 July 1793 – 20 May 1864 / Northamptonshire / England)

Farewell - Poem by John Clare

Farewell to the bushy clump close to the river
And the flags where the butter-bump hides in forever;
Farewell to the weedy nook, hemmed in by waters;
Farewell to the miller's brook and his three bonny daughters;
Farewell to them all while in prison I lie--
In the prison a thrall sees naught but the sky.

Shut out are the green fields and birds in the bushes;
In the prison yard nothing builds, blackbirds or thrushes.
Farewell to the old mill and dash of waters,
To the miller and, dearer still, to his three bonny daughters.

In the nook, the larger burdock grows near the green willow;
In the flood, round the moor-cock dashes under the billow;
To the old mill farewell, to the lock, pens, and waters,
To the miller himsel', and his three bonny daughters.

Comments about Farewell by John Clare

  • (5/2/2016 11:39:00 PM)

    A fantastic and touching poem penned beautifully by the great poet. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

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  • Amar Agarwala (5/2/2016 7:09:00 PM)

    Beautiful and poignant description laced with mellow sadness. I liked it! (Report) Reply

  • Suelynn Walters (5/2/2016 8:01:00 AM)

    Excellent poem! I enjoyed it ever so much. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (5/2/2016 7:19:00 AM)

    But no one will bid adieu to this poem.. Excellent poem (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/2/2016 2:59:00 AM)

    Under the billow with the muse of life! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (5/2/2016 1:36:00 AM)

    Clare never spent time in prison, but did spend time more than once in asylums for the mentally ill. A troubled, talented soul. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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