Jean Ingelow

(17 March 1820 - 20 July 1897 / Boston, Lincolnshire)

On A Picture - Poem by Jean Ingelow

As a forlorn soul waiting by the Styx
Dimly expectant of lands yet more dim,
Might peer afraid where shadows change and mix
Till the dark ferryman shall come for him.

And past all hope a long ray in his sight,
Fall'n trickling down the steep crag Hades-black
Reveals an upward path to life and light,
Nor any let but he should mount that track.

As with the sudden shock of joy amazed,
He might a motionless sweet moment stand,
So doth that mortal lover, silent, dazed,
For hope had died and loss was near at hand.

'Wilt thou?' his quest. Unready but for 'Nay,'
He stands at fault for joy, she whispering 'Ay.'


Comments about On A Picture by Jean Ingelow

  • Susan Williams (1/15/2016 4:43:00 PM)


    As with the sudden shock of joy amazed,
    He might a motionless sweet moment stand,
    So doth that mortal lover, silent, dazed,
    For hope had died and loss was near at hand.
    - - - - - - - - - - - We would all win through if we just didn't freeze up at inopportune times!
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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2012



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