Revenge Poem by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Revenge

Rating: 3.6


Ay, gaze upon her rose-wreathed hair,
And gaze upon her smile;
Seem as you drank the very air
Her breath perfumed the while:

And wake for her the gifted line,
That wild and witching lay,
And swear your heart is as a shrine,
That only owns her sway.

'Tis well: I am revenged at last,—
Mark you that scornful cheek,—
The eye averted as you pass'd,
Spoke more than words could speak.

Ay, now by all the bitter tears
That I have shed for thee,—
The racking doubts, the burning fears,—
Avenged they well may be—

By the nights pass'd in sleepless care,
The days of endless woe;
All that you taught my heart to bear,
All that yourself will know.

I would not wish to see you laid
Within an early tomb;
I should forget how you betray'd,
And only weep your doom:

But this is fitting punishment,
To live and love in vain,—
Oh my wrung heart, be thou content,
And feed upon his pain.

Go thou and watch her lightest sigh,—
Thine own it will not be;
And bask beneath her sunny eye,—
It will not turn on thee.

'Tis well: the rack, the chain, the wheel,
Far better hadst thou proved;
Ev'n I could almost pity feel,
For thou art nor beloved.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Jo''el Madore 25 March 2014

In response to Greg Hutchinson: the correct word is not. At some point, a typo occurred and has continued. See page 135 of _The Poetical Works of Miss Landon: Complete_ published in 1839. You can find it via a Google search: google books complete works of miss landon.

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Larissa 15 November 2020

I love that revenge Pom it makes me feel better and help me breathing batter

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Adeeb Alfateh 31 July 2019

Go thou and watch her lightest sigh, — Thine own it will not be; And bask beneath her sunny eye, — It will not turn on thee. great write 10+++++

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Your mom 13 January 2019

This poem is very gay thank you and bye!

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your uncle 07 February 2020

you're all gonna be gay when I'm done with you

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Your Sister 09 January 2020

So are you

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your dad 24 February 2019

lol your right

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Peter Bolton 07 June 2015

Simple and sentimental must be the most puerile and inane criticism ever aimed at a poet. In this age of novelties, we should not forget that Landon was startlingly original, of internationally fame and hugely influential. One might accept the combination of 'cold and sentimental' and 'flat and intense'. That intensity is certainly evident in 'Revenge' but it is not unusual and the powerful undercurrents in her work are not that difficult to spot.

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Peter Bolton 09 January 2020

Hey! thats my name

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Success Shaibu 16 June 2014

what the he? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? !

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