Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

(1834-1894 / England)

The Water-Nymph And The Boy - Poem by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

I FLUNG me round him,
I drew him under;
I clung, I drown'd him,
My own white wonder!...

   Father and mother,
   Weeping and wild,
   Came to the forest,
   Calling the child,
   Came from the palace,
   Down to the pool,
   Calling my darling,
   My beautiful!
   Under the water,
   Cold and so pale!
   Could it be love made
   Beauty to fail?

   Ah me for mortals!
   In a few moons,
   If I had left him,
   After some Junes
   He would have faded,
   Faded away,
   He, the young monarch, whom
   All would obey,
   Fairer than day;
   Alien to springtime,
   Joyless and gray,
   He would have faded,
   Faded away,
   Moving a mockery,
   Scorn'd of the day!
   Now I have taken him
   All in his prime,
   Saved from slow poisoning
   Pitiless Time,
   Fill'd with his happiness,
   One with the prime,
   Saved from the cruel
   Dishonour of Time.
   Laid him, my beautiful,
   Laid him to rest,
   Loving, adorable,
   Softly to rest,
   Here in my crystalline,
   Here in my breast!


Comments about The Water-Nymph And The Boy by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

There is no comment submitted by members..



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: beautiful, happiness, father, water, child, mother, beauty, time, children



Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003



Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]