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

  • (4/4/2019 7:12:00 AM)

    Just beautiful, poems aren’t the same anymore (Report)Reply

    (4/5/2019 4:17:00 AM)

    I totally agree, so devastating the fact that in this day and age (2019) its all gone down hill in the poetry industry: (I just we could go back to my day where noone was on these stupid gadgets and would go to the park instead and read poems. Oh how life has changed, Callum

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  • (4/4/2019 6:54:00 AM)

    I think the poem moved me on an emotional level it is fantastic it makes me feel so gooooood and makes me want to scream all night (Report)Reply

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  • (4/4/2019 6:54:00 AM)

    I think that I got an erection from this (Report)Reply

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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...!
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  • (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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