Robert Laurence Binyon

(1869-1943 / England)

History - Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon

Time has stored all, but keeps his chronicle
In secret, beyond all our probe or gauge.
There flows the human story, vast and full;
And here a muddy trickle smears the page.

The things our hearts remember make a sound
So faint; so loud the menace and applause.
The gleaners come, with eyes upon the ground
After Oblivion's harvest, picking straws.

What is man, if this only has told his tale,
For whom ruin and blunder mark the years,
Whom continent--shadowing conquerors regale
To surfeiting, with glory of blood and tears?

He flaunts his folly and woe in a proud dress:
But writes no history of his happiness.


Comments about History by Robert Laurence Binyon

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/8/2017 4:07:00 PM)


    Things made in heart keep memories. These make sound in heart. Very neatly and amazingly drafted and shared smooth poem this is. Also this is thoughtful.10 (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/8/2017 9:59:00 AM)


    The things our hearts remember make a sound
    So faint; so loud the menace and applause.
    A nice line in this lovely poem.
    Congrats poet on this day.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/8/2017 8:55:00 AM)


    Beyond all our probe! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (9/8/2017 1:31:00 AM)


    Such an interesting sonnet to read... enjoyed.... (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/8/2017 12:46:00 AM)


    Exquisitely beautiful sonnet which reflects upon the folly of human nature. Thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010



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