Letitia Elizabeth Landon

(1802-1838 / England)

Revenge

Poem by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

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 about Revenge by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/31/2019 1:55:00 AM)

    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+++++(Report)Reply

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  • Your mom (1/13/2019 5:44:00 PM)

    This poem is very gay thank you and bye!(Report)Reply

    your uncle(2/7/2020 10:52:00 AM)

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

    Your Sister(1/9/2020 3:21:00 AM)

    So are you

    your dad(2/24/2019 4:58:00 PM)

    lol your right

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  • Peter Bolton (6/7/2015 10:01:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

    Peter Bolton(1/9/2020 3:22:00 AM)

    Hey! thats my name

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  • Success Shaibu (6/16/2014 11:25:00 AM)

    what the he? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? !(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/16/2014 3:50:00 AM)

    And swear as your heart is as a shrine wonderful poem and recited it.(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/5/2014 7:42:00 AM)

    ........truly a great write....now she feels revenged....after giving him her heart
    and he smashed it to pieces....for she knows he isn't loved as well....
    ~'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.
    .....and the last line says it all
    ~For thou art nor beloved. ~(Report)Reply

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  • Jo''el Madore (3/25/2014 7:21:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Jo''el Madore (3/25/2014 7:18:00 PM)

    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 google: search google books complete works of miss landon(Report)Reply

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  • Jo''el Madore (3/25/2014 7:18:00 PM)

    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 google: search google books complete works of miss landon(Report)Reply

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  • Jo''el Madore (3/25/2014 7:17:00 PM)

    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 google: search google books complete works of miss landon(Report)Reply

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  • James MclainJames Mclain (6/16/2013 9:48:00 AM)

    Instead of.
    All that you taught my heart to bear.
    To,
    all that you may know.Already ReportedReply

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  • Ramesh RaiRamesh Rai (6/16/2013 7:14:00 AM)

    beautiful creation. lovely write(Report)Reply

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  • Greg Hutchinson (6/16/2012 9:24:00 PM)

    (If this turns out to be a repetition, I'm sorry. I wrote the comment earlier and then had to renew my password.) Shouldn't the penultimate word be not rather than nor? There is nothing odd (poetic though it is) about the diction of the rest of the poem, but For thou art NOR beloved seems meaningless, while For thou art NOT beloved is quite natural.(Report)Reply

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  • Alex Marunde (6/16/2010 8:40:00 PM)

    Revenge comes at a price, thou wishes to punish thy for his mortal sins when one considers the uncontrolable pain he has brought apon thou heart. For this you will enjoy a moment of shine but only to be filled with an eturnal rhym of why did I? A beautiful poem, consider that revenge isn't always the answer, turn to the open hearts of your loved ones and you will find a way, I promise you this.(Report)Reply

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  • Herman Chiu (6/16/2010 8:33:00 PM)

    I thought it was a typical revengeful poem... until I got near the end.
    And then I got to the end.(Report)Reply

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  • Manonton Dalan (6/16/2010 5:55:00 PM)

    it's so real for me.(Report)Reply

    Bill Jefferson(1/9/2020 3:27:00 AM)

    Good. Hope it is

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (6/16/2010 6:52:00 AM)

    Civilised way of taking revenge is well expressed in this nice poem!(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin StrawKevin Straw (6/16/2010 6:05:00 AM)

    An excellent poem. Her natural wish for revenge begins to dissipate as she begins to feel pity for the man who so wronged her. Should the last line be “For thou art NOT beloved.”? I do not understand it otherwise.(Report)Reply

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  • Courtney Wills (6/16/2010 4:02:00 AM)

    I love it! He broke her heart and now his will be just as broken. A 'fitting revenge', as she said. I know just how she feels!(Report)Reply

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  • Michael Harmon (6/16/2009 5:19:00 PM)

    I. Argumentum ad Hominem (abusive and circumstantial) : the fallacy of attacking the character or circumstances of an individual who is advancing a statement or an argument instead of trying to disprove the truth of the statement or the soundness of the argument. Often the argument is characterized simply as a personal attack.
    A. The personal attack is also often termed an 'ad personem argument': the statement or argument at issue is dropped from consideration or is ignored, and the locutor's character or circumstances are used to influence opinion.
    B. The fallacy draws its appeal from the technique of 'getting personal.' The assumption is that what the locutor is saying is entirely or partially dictated by his character or special circumstances and so should be disregarded.
    http: //philosophy.lander.edu/logic/person.html(Report)Reply

    Great Micheal Harmon The Third(1/9/2020 3:26:00 AM)

    Yuo shal nor take me name!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Saturday, June 16, 2012