James Henry Leigh Hunt

(19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859 / Southgate, London)

Jenny Kissed Me - Poem by James Henry Leigh Hunt

Jenny kissed me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in;
Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!
Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,
Say that health and wealth have missed me,
Say I'm growing old, but add,
Jenny kissed me.

Comments about Jenny Kissed Me by James Henry Leigh Hunt

  • Garrett A. Hughes (2/15/2016 1:52:00 PM)

    Found this poem in a flyer while skiing in Vermont a week or so ago (Feb 2016) . It was accompanied by a beautiful picture in silhouette of an older gentleman sitting next to a wood/coal stove, stooped slightly over, reading a book, and his wife, dressed in a beautiful full-skirted dress, leaning over and looking into a large soup kettle on top of the stove that she was stirring. You can't imagine how well the poem and the picture go together. I made a Valentine out of both with a little help from Photoshop, Adobe FrameMaker and my scanner printer. My wife was very touched as I changed the name in the poem to hers. We are both in our 70s. Fortunately, health has not missed us, but I love this poem. (Report) Reply

    Shethra Jones-hoopes (4/7/2017 2:07:00 PM)

    This is correct- you love- and it is like this in every copy of the poem.

    Garrett A. Hughes Garrett A. Hughes (2/15/2016 2:00:00 PM)

    One note on the poem - I don't as yet have access to the original collection of Hunt's but I am wondering if a character got lost in transcription. I would add an s to love in the third line. Then the sentence would read Time, (you thief) who loves to get sweets into your list - put that in! At least that is the way I would have written it.

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  • (11/7/2015 4:39:00 PM)

    I first read this poem in a magazine when I was 15. I was so impressed by it, really touched my heart, that I decided if I ever had a girl I would name her Jenny. Sixteen years later after 2 boys....Jenny was born! I am now in my 70's & it is so true when I say I'm growing old but add, Jenny kissed me. (Report) Reply

  • (11/7/2015 4:35:00 PM)

    I first read this poem in a magazine when I was 15. I so loved it that I knew that when I got married & was lucky enough to have a girl, I would name her Jenny. Well,16 years later, after having 2 boys, I had a girl.....Jenny. I am now in my 70's & how true it is to say I'm growing old but add, Jenny kissed me. (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2015 9:09:00 PM)

    every time I read this little poem, I smile. I know your feelings, James. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (4/19/2015 6:39:00 AM)

    Very romantic piece of poetry, well articulated and nicely penned with lovely rhyme scheme. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2014 12:57:00 AM)

    I believe it is a reflection of an older man who's heart was fond of a girl. And although time may have stole away his opportunities for all that supposedly makes one happy, (health and wealth) there's one good thing that happened that he does not want time to forget. Jenny kissed him. (Report) Reply

  • (11/25/2013 12:49:00 PM)

    this one makes me laugh, because a kiss can be worth more than gold :) (Report) Reply

  • Res John Burman (9/30/2012 4:30:00 AM)

    Oh dear, this reminds me of so many ladies, one or two of them called Jenny! This is the joy of poetry, when it grabs you, it is as though is was written by one's own sub-concious. Now if only I had Leigh Hunt's sweet facility with words.... Love this one! (Report) Reply

  • (3/29/2005 1:43:00 PM)

    I love this poem; it is, I feel, a perfect example of how much pride and excitement one expresses at the simplest things when one is in love. It really made me smile, and it made my friend Jenny smile too! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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