Edward Fitzgerald

(31 March 1809 – 14 June 1883 / Suffolk / England)

On Anne Allen


The wind blew keenly from the Western sea,
And drove the dead leaves slanting from the tree--
Vanity of vanities, the Preacher saith--
Heaping them up before her Father's door
When I saw her whom I shall see no more--
We cannot bribe thee, Death.

She went abroad the falling leaves among,
She saw the merry season fade, and sung--
Vanity of vanities the Preacher saith--
Freely she wandered in the leafless wood,
And said that all was fresh, and fair, and good--
She knew thee not, O Death.

She bound her shining hair across her brow,
She went into the garden fading now;
Vanity of vanities the Preacher saith--
And if one sighed to think that it was sere,
She smiled to think that it would bloom next year!
She feared thee not, O Death.

Blooming she came back to the cheerful room
With all the fairer flowers yet in bloom--
Vanity of vanities the Preacher saith--
A fragrant knot for each of us she tied,
And placed the fairest at her Father's side--
She cannot charm thee, Death.

Her pleasant smile spread sunshine upon all;
We heard her sweet clear laughter in the Hall--
Vanity of vanities the Preacher saith--
We heard her sometimes after evening prayer,
As she went singing softly up the stair--
No voice can charm thee, Death.

Where is the pleasant smile, the laughter kind,
That made sweet music of the winter wind?
Vanity of vanities the Preacher saith--
Idly they gaze upon her empty place,
Her kiss hath faded from her Father's face--
She is with thee, O Death.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Form:


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

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 (On Anne Allen by Edward Fitzgerald )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Barbie Doll, Marge Piercy
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  5. Sanctuary, Dorothy Parker
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  10. Tonight I can write the saddest lines, Pablo Neruda

Poem of the Day

poet Oliver Wendell Holmes

YES, write, if you want to, there's nothing like trying;
Who knows what a treasure your casket may hold?
I'll show you that rhyming's as easy as lying,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. In a way all are slaves., Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  2. To vent anger, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  3. Fate, Free Will and God, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  4. Love Note 13, Michael P. McParland
  5. Many Good Reasons To Cry, Bill Galvin
  6. Committing To A Cause, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  7. Webs Of Fantasy, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  8. Reflecting Mistakes, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  9. East Wind, Madathil Nair
  10. Priceless Worth, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
[Hata Bildir]