William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

Never Seek To Tell Thy Love

Poem by William Blake

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.


Comments about Never Seek To Tell Thy Love by William Blake

  • David Tuer (10/30/2018 5:34:00 PM)

    @Kaycee Pallas. You really shoudn't use words like drivel when discussing a poem, or anything else, for that matter.
    If Blake had wanted his poem to be viewed as you suggest he could have used the masculine pronoun himself.(Report)Reply

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  • lorenzo (8/3/2018 4:24:00 PM)

    the poem is about a spiritual experience. a traveler came by, silently, invisibly, was god, but to speak of it, to place it in words will diminish it.(Report)Reply

    David Tuer(10/30/2018 5:49:00 PM)

    Well yes, you can say that if you view that one line in isolation, but how does that tally with the rest of the poem?

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/15/2016 7:45:00 AM)

    Amazingly conceptualized beautiful poem with rhyme and rhythm. Thanks for sharing it here.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/1/2016 7:32:00 PM)

    ..............wonderful poem...this poem is posted twice,
    though reading a second time is still just as nice ★(Report)Reply

    Solomon SenxerSolomon Senxer(9/14/2019 12:07:00 AM)

    Yeah! a nice re-read though!

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  • Dennis GoDennis Go (12/3/2009 3:38:00 PM)

    I believe the last line must be 'He took her with a sigh.'(Report)Reply

    Solomon SenxerSolomon Senxer(9/14/2019 12:06:00 AM)

    And that's better!

    David Tuer(10/11/2018 3:43:00 PM)

    Yes, that's the line I've always known, makes sense of the rest of the poem.

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  • elly nelly (1/24/2008 3:51:00 AM)

    ain't that the truth(Report)Reply

    Kaycee PallosKaycee Pallos(9/26/2017 1:53:00 PM)

    No, it is not the truth, and he would not be the poet he is had he written that drivel.

    Kaycee PallosKaycee Pallos(9/26/2017 1:51:00 PM)

    Try substituting the feminine pronoun, as if from a woman's point of view. I believe you will see Blake was going for something much more transcendent than the macho perspective of taking a woman.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2001



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