Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

(22 March 1808 – 15 June 1877 / London)

Ifs - Poem by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

OH! if the winds could whisper what they hear,
When murmuring round at sunset through the grove;
If words were written on the streamlet clear,
So often spoken fearlessly above:
If tell-tale stars, descending from on high,
Could image forth the thoughts of all that gaze,
Entranced upon that deep cerulean sky,
And count how few think only of their rays!

If the lulled heaving ocean could disclose
All that has passed upon her golden sand,
When the moon-lighted waves triumphant rose,
And dashed their spray upon the echoing strand.
If dews could tell how many tears have mixed
With the bright gem-like drops that Nature weeps,
If night could say how many eyes are fixed
On her dark shadows, while creation sleeps!

If echo, rising from her magic throne,
Repeated with her melody of voice
Each timid sigh-each whispered word and tone,
Which made the hearer's listening heart rejoice.
If Nature could, unchecked, repeat aloud
All she hath heard and seen-must hear and see-
Where would the whispering, vowing, sighing crowd
Of lovers, and their blushing partners, be?


Comments about Ifs by Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton

  • Susan Williams (7/9/2017 2:19:00 PM)


    If Nature could, unchecked, repeat aloud
    All she hath heard and seen-must hear and see-
    Where would the whispering, vowing, sighing crowd
    Of lovers, and their blushing partners, be? - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - such beautiful writing and no ifs about it!
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  • (3/3/2017 11:27:00 PM)


    A thought provoking poem rich in rhyme and rhythm. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (3/3/2017 2:42:00 PM)


    This poor lady has definitely been cheated on- - -]
    f Nature could, unchecked, repeat aloud
    All she hath heard and seen-must hear and see-
    Where would the whispering, vowing, sighing crowd
    Of lovers, and their blushing partners, be?
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 15, 2010



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