Henry Kendall

(18 April 1839 – 1 August 1882 / Ulladulla, New South Wales)

A Spanish Love Song


From Andalusian gardens
I bring the rose and rue,
And leaves of subtle odour,
To weave a gift for you.
You’ll know the reason wherefore
The sad is with the sweet;
My flowers may lie, as I would,
A carpet for your feet!
The heart—the heart is constant;
It holds its secret, Dear!
But often in the night time
I keep awake for fear.
I have no hope to whisper,
I have no prayer to send,
God save you from such passion!
God help you from such end!

You first, you last, you false love!
In dreams your lips I kiss,
And thus I greet your Shadow,
“Take this, and this, and this!”
When dews are on the casement,
And winds are in the pine,
I have you close beside me—
In sleep your mouth is mine.

I never see you elsewhere;
You never think of me;
But fired with fever for you
Content I am to be.
You will not turn, my Darling,
Nor answer when I call;
But yours are soul are body
And love of mine and all!

You splendid Spaniard! Listen—
My passion leaps to flame
For neck and cheek and dimple,
And cunning shades of shame!
I tell you, I would gladly
Give Hell myself to keep,
To cling to, half a moment,
The lips I taste in sleep.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: passion, sleep, kiss, sad, rose, fear, god, hope, heart, song, night, dream, flower, wind

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 Spanish Love Song by Henry Kendall )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Why Must There Be Dragonflies?, Stephen Warren Williams
  2. Enough is Enough!, Shaila Touchton
  3. For Boy George (The First Time I Saw You), Dave Alan Walker
  4. Acceptance, Barbara Dixion
  5. The Pendulum of Life, bryan wallace
  6. Sentiments Of Love, Louis Borgo
  7. Forever Free, courtney metcalf
  8. Rage Against the Machine, Amber Hardisty
  9. Out, Barbara Dixion
  10. Raindrop Ambitions, Ailill Ailill

Poem of the Day

poet Geoffrey Chaucer

Compleyne ne koude, ne might myn herte never,
My peynes halve, ne what torment I have,
Though that I sholde in your presence ben ever,
Myn hertes lady, as wisly he me save
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. If, Rudyard Kipling
  10. A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]