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Poetry Monday!: "When We Two Parted" by George Gordon, Lord Byron

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Here’s “When We Two Parted” (1816) by George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824). (This is on my YouTube channel, which mostly consists of my Sasha Reads playlist, plus a smattering of law-related songs.)

1.

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.

2.

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.

3.

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.

4.

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.

For the rest of my “Sasha Reads” playlist, click here. Past poems are:

  1. “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  2. “The Pulley” by George Herbert
  3. “Harmonie du soir” (“Evening Harmony”) by Charles Baudelaire (French)
  4. “Dirge Without Music” by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  5. “Clancy of the Overflow” by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson
  6. “Лотова жена” (“Lotova zhena”, “Lot’s wife”) by Anna Akhmatova (Russian)
  7. “The Jumblies” by Edward Lear
  8. “The Conqueror Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe
  9. “Les Djinns” (“The Jinns”) by Victor Hugo (French)
  10. “I Have a Rendezvous with Death” by Alan Seeger
  11. “When I Was One-and-Twenty” by A.E. Housman
  12. “Узник” (“Uznik”, “The Prisoner” or “The Captive”) by Aleksandr Pushkin (Russian)
  13. “God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  14. “The Song of Wandering Aengus” by William Butler Yeats
  15. “Je crains pas ça tellment” (“I’m not that scard about”) by Raymond Queneau (French)
  16. “The Naming of Cats” by T.S. Eliot
  17. “The reticent volcano keeps…” by Emily Dickinson
  18. “Она” (“Ona”, “She”) by Zinaida Gippius (Russian)
  19. “Would I Be Shrived?” by John D. Swain
  20. “Evolution” by Langdon Smith
  21. “Chanson d’automne” (“Autumn Song”) by Oscar Milosz (French)
  22. “love is more thicker than forget” by e.e. cummings
  23. “My Three Loves” by Henry S. Leigh
  24. “Я мечтою ловил уходящие тени” (“Ia mechtoiu lovil ukhodiashchie teni”, “With my dreams I caught the departing shadows”) by Konstantin Balmont (Russian)
  25. “Dane-geld” by Rudyard Kipling
  26. “Rules and Regulations” by Lewis Carroll
  27. “Vers dorés” (“Golden Lines”) by Gérard de Nerval (French)
  28. “So That’s Who I Remind Me Of” by Ogden Nash
  29. “The Epic” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  30. “La chambre double” (“The Double Room”) by Charles Baudelaire (French)
  31. “Медный всадник” (“The Bronze Horseman”) by Aleksandr Pushkin (Russian)
  32. “Herbst” (“Autumn”) by Rainer Maria Rilke (German)
  33. “Romance de la luna, luna” (“Ballad of the Moon Moon”) by Federico García Lorca (Spanish)
  34. “The Four Friends” by A.A. Milne
  35. “anyone lived in a pretty how town” by e.e. cummings
  36. “Листья” (“Leaves”) by Fyodor Tyutchev (Russian)
  37. “The Pobble Who Has No Toes” by Edward Lear
  38. “The Persian Version” by Robert Graves
  39. “Les deux voix” (“The Two Voices”) by Victor Hugo (French)
  40. “Lines Written in Dejection” by William Butler Yeats
  41. “Loveliest of Trees” by A.E. Housman
  42. “Akh, chto-to mne ne veritsia…” (“Oh, somehow I can’t believe…”) by Bulat Okudzhava (Russian)
  43. “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe
  44. “The Man from Snowy River” by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson
  45. “À la mémoire d’une chatte naine que j’avais” (“In memory of a dwarf cat I had”) by Jules Laforgue (French)



Source: https://reason.com/volokh/2021/07/19/poetry-monday-when-we-two-parted-by-george-gordon-lord-byron/


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