George Gordon Byron

(22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824 / London, England)

When We Two Parted - Poem by George Gordon Byron

When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow-
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame;
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shrudder comes o'er me-
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee so well-
Long, long I shall rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met-
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee? -
With silence and tears.


Comments about When We Two Parted by George Gordon Byron

  • Tshielo Nature Otsogile (9/9/2018 5:07:00 PM)


    All time favorite. Expresses the deepest emotions. Beautiful. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/3/2018 10:56:00 AM)


    Chutiya (Report) Reply

  • Amar Agarwala (2/5/2016 8:14:00 PM)


    A truly sensitive poem... especially for those who have loved and then parted. Beautifully written, a true Byron! (Report) Reply

  • Anita Khelawan (12/30/2015 9:15:00 PM)


    Such a beautiful poem I liked t636he last 2 lines especially for I share the same sentiments as you. Thanks for sharing. U are welcome to check out my poems as well (Report) Reply

  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai Makvana (8/12/2015 1:15:00 AM)


    Euphony is nicely used in in secret we met..... all over rhythm is fairly ok. Likewise other poems of Byron in this too he laments. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (5/29/2015 6:14:00 PM)


    The familiar pangs of the love a heart once felt...and how shall I greet you....
    Such beautiful words to express so deep an emotion. Excellent poem.saved to my favorites. PEACE
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  • Bharati Nayak (3/10/2015 1:05:00 PM)


    After long years
    How shall I greet thee? -
    In silence or in tears-This is the perennial question all the lovers ask if they are separated for long years.A beautiful piece of poem.
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  • Bharati Nayak (3/10/2015 1:04:00 PM)


    After long years
    How shall I greet thee? -
    In silence or in tears-This is the perennial question all the lovers ask if they are separated for long years.A beautiful piece of poem.
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  • Sylva Portoian (6/4/2012 5:25:00 AM)


    When we two parted
    In silence and tears,
    Half broken-hearted
    To sever for years,

    To be part and depart
    Is part of our life...
    and every once life...
    Real passionate poem from Byron...!
    (Report) Reply

  • (7/29/2011 2:23:00 PM)


    What is more perfect? the fact that he believed he wrote this........or how actually happend to him. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Monday, December 4, 2017


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