Abraham Lincoln

(12 February 1809 – 15 April 1865 / Sinking Spring Farm, Kentucky)


Poem by Abraham Lincoln

MY childhood's home I see again,
And sadden with the view;
And still, as memory crowds my brain,
There's pleasure in it, too.

O memory! thou midway world
'Twixt earth and paradise,
Where things decayed and loved ones lost
In dreamy shadows rise,

And, freed from all that's earthly, vile,
Seem hallowed, pure and bright,
Like scenes in some enchanted isle
All bathed in liquid light.

As dusky mountains please the eye
When twilight chases day;
As bugle notes that, passing by,
In distance die away;

As, leaving some grand waterfall,
We, lingering, list its roar-
So memory will hallow all
We've known but know no more.

Near twenty years have passed away
Since here I bid farewll
To woods and fields, and scenes of play,
And playmates loved so well.

Where many were, but few remain
Of old familiar things,
But seeing them to mind again
The lost and absent brings.

The friends I left that parting day,
How changed, as time has sped!
Young childhood grown, strong manhood gray;
And half of all are dead.

I hear the loved survivors tell
How nought from death could save,
Till every sound appear a knell
And every spot a grave.

I range the fields with pensive tread,
And pace the hollow rooms,
And feel (companion of the dead)
I'm living in the tombs.

Abraham Lincoln

Topic(s) of this poem: memory

Comments about Memory by Abraham Lincoln

  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/23/2015 9:28:00 AM)

    Memories are part of life; like history. Nice work.(Report)Reply

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  • Dutendra ChamlingDutendra Chamling (10/28/2015 3:09:00 AM)

    This poem took me back to the my childhood days and I visit my village, small river, field and met my childhood friends. Childhood friends are like river water, with them, you never meet again but simply in your old remembrance where you and friends are in childhood.
    A wonderful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (1/13/2015 9:21:00 AM)

    U hear the loved survivors, good one, thanks,(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/13/2015 9:15:00 AM)

    A great poem that too memories of the great statesman Abraham Lincoln. Great it is.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 13, 2015