poet John Clare

John Clare

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First Love

I ne'er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and so sweet,
Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
And stole my heart away complete.
My face turned pale as deadly pale.
My legs refused to walk away,
And when she looked, what could I ail?
My life and all seemed turned to clay.

And then my blood rushed to my face
And took my eyesight quite away,
The trees and bushes round the place
Seemed midnight at noonday.
I could not see a single thing,
Words from my eyes did start --
They spoke as chords do from the string,
And blood burnt round my heart.

Are flowers the winter's choice?
Is love's bed always snow?
She seemed to hear my silent voice,
Not love's appeals to know.
I never saw so sweet a face
As that I stood before.
My heart has left its dwelling-place
And can return no more

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/24/2020 1:51:00 AM)

    She seemed to hear my silent voice,
    Not love's appeals to know.
    I never saw so sweet a face
    As that I stood before.
    My heart has left its dwelling-place
    And can return no more......beautiful poem penned on the deep feelings of first love

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (10/21/2019 12:33:00 AM)

    Beautiful love poem elegantly crafted from the heart. Lovely and very passionate. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Susheela Shiju (7/31/2019 12:13:00 AM)

    beautiful dear John! ! 10+++

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/30/2019 5:43:00 AM)

    She seemed to hear my silent voice,
    Not love's appeals to know.
    I never saw so sweet a face
    As that I stood before.../// beautiful poem penned and shared

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  • Maria Ann (9/13/2018 9:21:00 AM)

    very nice and touching

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  • Laxmi Pandey (6/1/2018 3:32:00 AM)

    Heart touching poem

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  • Nekhumbe veg (5/2/2018 1:08:00 AM)

    Add a comment.so deep n touching it changes my luv lyf to deh better

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  • Sharon (3/31/2018 11:48:00 PM)

    Category of surprised by surprise .....

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  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (2/24/2018 11:02:00 PM)

    LOVESTRUCK.
    Nothing else to say.

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (2/24/2018 6:36:00 PM)

    Well expressed emotions, a beautiful poem.

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  • Brian MawadriBrian Mawadri (2/24/2018 6:17:00 PM)

    This is beautiful.........

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  • Nudershada CabanesNudershada Cabanes (2/24/2018 2:51:00 PM)

    Lovestruck poem love at first sight is true as this poem proves.

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (2/24/2018 9:50:00 AM)

    i don't think i ever read john clare before, but this poem could stand, it seems to me, for everyone so struck. i certainly relate. -GK

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  • Takbeer SalatiTakbeer Salati (2/24/2018 8:57:00 AM)

    Delicate and miserable at words simultaneously. Miserable in the sense of misery. Beautiful :)

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (2/24/2018 2:59:00 AM)

    So sudden so sweet! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Warri StanleyWarri Stanley (2/24/2018 2:20:00 AM)

    Such a nice, d poem potray d true image of first love

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (2/24/2018 1:32:00 AM)

    Such a lovely write by John Clare👍👍👍

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (2/24/2018 1:25:00 AM)

    Fantastic expression, beautiful poem.

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  • Djuly (2/12/2018 12:01:00 PM)

    A very nice poem.

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  • Dhruv Gor (1/9/2018 12:01:00 PM)

    Nice feel good to read

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