William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

Love's Secret - Poem by William Blake

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
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Comments about Love's Secret by William Blake

  • Hans Vr (8/5/2011 9:47:00 AM)

    Fantastic poetry. I agree that Blake is among the truly great poets. By far the best poem of the day, I have read since a long long time. (Report) Reply

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  • (8/5/2010 3:50:00 PM)

    Well, let me tell you something Bill- if someone stared at me like your picture shows I would have to leave also. Go find some ugly girl to love then you won't feel so bad (just don't stare at her) Just kidding everyone! Pull your pants back up and quit dancing around the room- I was just kidding with ol' Bill here. (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2010 8:50:00 AM)

    sometimes love is like a sand, it will never stay in your hand....it goes whenever the wind blows! (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2010 4:36:00 AM)

    Kind of like sticking a balloon with a pin. It just deflates$^*(&^%@@%^***&^$*&) ^$ (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (8/5/2010 2:46:00 AM)

    Elusive love cannot be revealed abruptly is well expressed by Blake! (Report) Reply

  • (9/1/2009 11:29:00 PM)

    from Poems from MSS.

    never seek to tell thy love
    love that never told can be;
    for the gentle wind does move
    silently, invisibly.

    i told my love, i told my love,
    i told her all my heart,
    trembling, cold, in ghastly fears-
    ah, she doth depart.

    soon as she was gone from me
    a traveller came by
    silently, invisibly-
    o, was no deny.

    I laid me down upon a bank
    where love lay sleeping.
    i heard among the rushes dank
    weeping, weeping

    i asked a theif to steal me a peach:
    he turn'd up his eyes.
    I ask'd a lithe lady to lie her down:
    holy and meek she cries.

    As soon as I went an angel came:
    He wink'd at the theif
    andsmil'd at the dame,
    and without one word spoke
    had a peach from the tree,
    and 'twixt earnest and joke
    enjoy'd the lady.

    love to faults is always blind,
    always is to joy inclin'd,
    lawless, wing'd, and unconfin'd,
    and breaks all chains from every mind.

    Deceit to secresy confin'd,
    lawful, cautious, and refin'd,
    to every thing but intrest blind,
    and forges fetters for the mind.

    abstinence sows sand all over
    the ruddy limbs and flaming hair,
    but Desire Gratified
    plants fruits of life and beauty there.

    quoted from 'The Viking Book of Poetry of the English speaking world' volume 1'- pg 619
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  • Ravi A (8/5/2009 1:27:00 PM)

    This is the secret of love. Love need not be told in so many words. Sometimes we may miss the ticket but love can act silently.Today's generation has to take a leaf out of this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2009 10:44:00 AM)

    i can really relate to this and i wish my lover would do this for me great poem 10+ (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/5/2009 5:43:00 AM)

    For me Blake stands alongside Shakespeare as the two greatest poets in the English language. His poetry is like spell that summons up from a few words a whole world. (Report) Reply

  • (8/5/2009 5:34:00 AM)

    I think the word is succinct, his ability to express such a complex aspect of the human condition so simply and hit the spot is incredible.wish I could (Report) Reply

  • Prashant Shaurya (8/5/2009 4:16:00 AM)

    well we dont have the capacity to comment on him
    they are gr8 ppl
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  • (8/5/2009 12:23:00 AM)

    Reminds me of a poem written much later by Yeats-'Never Give All The Heart', which is also here on PH. (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2007 5:47:00 PM)

    This poem is one of the all-time greats. In fact, I wrote a poem about it:
    http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/blake-s-mistake/
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  • Peter Stavropoulos (8/5/2007 6:42:00 AM)

    Never tell her of your love let her find out for herself. Blake says it well. Sounds like words that come from experience. He's right. (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2006 5:40:00 PM)

    shhhhhhh... don't give up the secret..; -) (Report) Reply

  • (11/5/2005 2:41:00 PM)

    I love this poem and I know it by heart. 'Does' in the third line should read 'doth'; 'as' in the ninth line should read 'after'. (Report) Reply

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