Thomas Hood

(1789-1845 / London / England)

I Remember, I Remember - Poem by Thomas Hood

I Remember, I Remember

I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon
Nor brought too long a day;
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.

I remember, I remember
The roses red and white,
The violets and the lily cups--
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,--
The tree is living yet!

I remember, I remember
Where I was used to swing,
And thought the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then
That is so heavy now,
The summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.

I remember, I remember
The fir-trees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now 'tis little joy
To know I'm farther off from Heaven
Than when I was a boy.


Comments about I Remember, I Remember by Thomas Hood

  • (8/28/2018 9:17:00 AM)


    Very nice I rememmber (Report) Reply

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  • Gajanan Mishra (5/31/2018 10:20:00 PM)


    the tree is living yet, good one (Report) Reply

  • (5/31/2018 12:10:00 PM)


    really awesome. yes I remember all my childhood days, innocence yet it is joyful. (Report) Reply

  • Brandy Sue Davis (5/31/2018 4:37:00 AM)


    I thought it was very very awesome. I like the part about

    The fir-trees dark and high.
    (Report) Reply

  • Perdita Young (5/31/2018 4:05:00 AM)


    Nostalgia for the childhood years can always touch a sentimental heart... My favorite lines:
    I remember, I remember
    Where I was used to swing,
    And thought the air must rush as fresh
    To swallows on the wing;
    (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (5/31/2018 3:41:00 AM)


    The rhythm and rhyme reverberate from reading this poem so long ago. Recalled for its simplicity rather than the depth of feeling. (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (5/31/2018 2:23:00 AM)


    I remember everything from the beginning of sense of my life to till now,

    I remember
    remembering is one of exquisite knowledge of life by which all unknown problem can do solve....
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/31/2018 1:30:00 AM)


    Right. So Thomas remembered and put it in a mediocre poem. Why post this? (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/31/2018 1:08:00 AM)


    I remember, I remember
    The fir-trees dark and high;
    I used to think their slender tops
    Were close against the sky:
    It was a childish ignorance,
    But now 'tis little joy
    To know I'm farther off from Heaven
    Than when I was a boy.
    (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (5/31/2018 12:53:00 AM)


    One of my favourite poems! Very touching, very poignant! (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (5/31/2018 12:41:00 AM)


    I remember I remember the house where I was born, ...... great write (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2018 3:52:00 AM)


    Wonderful poem of my childhood days (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (5/31/2017 6:42:00 PM)


    It is the last lines delivering a knockout blow! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (5/31/2017 3:47:00 PM)


    The poem is born from a master's pen, that is for certain. I want to write poems with this kind of natural rhythm and flow and beauty of thought and... and... and... I think I shall go read a few other of Hood's poems now! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/31/2017 11:12:00 AM)


    The house where i was born! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (5/31/2017 5:06:00 AM)


    A nostalgic poem. Childhood experiences are indelible in the tables of hearts. We keep on remembering them. Kudos to the poet (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/31/2017 1:04:00 AM)


    Rush as fresh..... thanks for posting...... (Report) Reply

  • Alan Rawlinson (10/26/2015 5:45:00 AM)


    A heartfelt poem recalling the nostalgia of childhood during less happy times later on (Report) Reply

  • (8/18/2014 7:51:00 PM)


    home sweet home a safe place in a child's memory... (Report) Reply

  • Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (8/18/2014 6:13:00 PM)


    Lovely poem about the innocence of childhood. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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