Archibald Lampman

(17 November 1861 - 10 February 1899 / Morpeth, Ontario)

Personality - Poem by Archibald Lampman

O differing human heart,
Why is it that I tremble when thine eyes,
Thy human eyes and beautiful human speech,
Draw me, and stir within my soul
That subtle ineradicable longing
For tender comradeship?
It is because I cannot all at once,
Through the half-lights and phantom-haunted mists
That separate and enshroud us life from life,
Discern the nearness or the strangeness of thy paths
Nor plumb thy depths.
I am like one that comes alone at night
To a strange stream, and by an unknown ford
Stands, and for a moment yearns and shrinks,
Being ignorant of the water, though so quiet it is,
So softly murmurous,
So silvered by the familiar moon.


Comments about Personality by Archibald Lampman

  • Madhabi Banerjee (6/15/2017 11:54:00 PM)


    a real expression. i like it (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 8, 2010



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