Learn More

Henry King

(16 January 1592 – 30 September 1669 / Worminghall, Buckinghamshire)

A Renunciation


WE, that did nothing study but the way
To love each other, with which thoughts the day
Rose with delight to us and with them set,
Must learn the hateful art, how to forget.
We, that did nothing wish that Heaven could give
Beyond ourselves, nor did desire to live
Beyond that wish, all these now cancel must,
As if not writ in faith, but words and dust.
Yet witness those clear vows which lovers make,
Witness the chaste desires that never brake
Into unruly heats; witness that breast
Which in thy bosom anchor'd his whole rest--
'Tis no default in us: I dare acquite
Thy maiden faith, thy purpose fair and white
As thy pure self. Cross planets did envy
Us to each other, and Heaven did untie
Faster than vows could bind. Oh, that the stars,
When lovers meet, should stand opposed in wars!

Since then some higher Destinies command,
Let us not strive, nor labour to withstand
What is past help. The longest date of grief
Can never yield a hope of our relief:
Fold back our arms; take home our fruitless loves,
That must new fortunes try, like turtle-doves
Dislodged from their haunts. We must in tears
Unwind a love knit up in many years.
In this last kiss I here surrender thee
Back to thyself.--So, thou again art free:
Thou in another, sad as that, resend
The truest heart that lover e'er did lend.
Now turn from each: so fare our sever'd hearts
As the divorced soul from her body parts.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: faith, heaven, grief, kiss, sad, rose, hope, home, star

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?

Comments about this poem (A Renunciation by Henry King )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  4. No Man Is An Island, John Donne
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  8. The Solitary Reaper, William Wordsworth
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

Poem of the Day

poet James Whitcomb Riley

There! little girl; don't cry!
They have broken your doll, I know;
And your tea-set blue,
And your play-house, too,
Are things of the long ago;
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. Resent therefore, hasmukh amathalal
  2. Colour, novoti gcisakazi Calpurnia j ..
  3. Not feasible, hasmukh amathalal
  4. The heart, Leong Ming Loong
  5. Not shy away, hasmukh amathalal
  6. Time, novoti gcisakazi Calpurnia j ..
  7. who, Cee Bea
  8. Give and Take, Md. Ziaul Haque
  9. She has Fallen Ill, Md. Ziaul Haque
  10. Sometimes It Feels So Bad, Md. Ziaul Haque
[Hata Bildir]