When We Two Parted

I chanced upon this beautiful piece of work by Lord Byron many many years back when I was so into the Sweet Valley High/University series. One of the books contained the poem – Jessica Wakefield recited it at a poetry recital and it reminded her of her ex-husband, Mike (wow, I can still remember). I read it, I fell in love with it, and it has since stayed with me.

Nothing much to it. Just that the words have been repeating in my mind for the past hour for some strange reason and I thought I’ll share it here.

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 shudder comes o’er me-
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well:-
Long, long shall I 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.

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