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George Gordon Byron

(22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824 / London, England)

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To Caroline


Think'st thou I saw thy beauteous eyes,
Suffus'd in tears, implore to stay;
And heard unmov'd thy plenteous sighs,
Which said far more than words can say?

Though keen the grief thy tears exprest,
When love and hope lay both o'erthrown;
Yet still, my girl, this bleeding breast
Throbb'd, with deep sorrow, as thine own.

But, when our cheeks with anguish glow'd,
When thy sweet lips were join'd to mine;
The tears that from my eyelids flow'd
Were lost in those which fell from thine.

Thou could'st not feel my burning cheek,
Thy gushing tears had quench'd its flame,
And, as thy tongue essay'd to speak,
In sighs alone it breath'd my name.

And yet, my girl, we weep in vain,
In vain our fate in sighs deplore;
Remembrance only can remain,
But that, will make us weep the more.

Again, thou best belov'd, adieu!
Ah! if thou canst, o'ercome regret,
Nor let thy mind past joys review,
Our only hope is, to forget!

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Veteran Poet - 3,470 Points Savita Tyagi (12/2/2014 9:48:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. Joy of loving and parting. Life's little story weaved with tender emotions. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 104 Points Neal Beightol (12/2/2014 7:06:00 AM)

    What a mixture of joy and sorrow, love revealed and released, yet lost all at once. Powerful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 866 Points John Richter (12/2/2014 6:35:00 AM)

    This is absolutely magical.... The sheer beauty of this poem falls beyond expression. It is my understanding that Lord Byron was possibly a cad, yet was obviously blessed by God with some of the most amazing poetic talent I have ever seen.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 157 Points Skywee Gh (12/2/2013 11:02:00 AM)

    our only hope is to forget.
    did caroline get to read ur poem before the uncertainty? ?
    oww soul poem soul love (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sylva Portoian (6/4/2012 5:01:00 AM)

    This is a real love poem
    how can our poets ignored...
    I did not understood all
    But I can understand his soul...! (Report) Reply

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