Random Ramblings: When We Two Parted

Posted December 14th, 2010 by in Discussions / 0 comments

random ramblings
Today has been an odd day, so I’m in a sentimental and whimsical mood. Which leads to the choice I made for my Random Ramblings post this month. It is a poem by the talented Lord George Gordon Byron written in the early 1800s. Titled ‘When We Two Parted,’ this poem is by far one of my favorites. It’s somewhat dark, yet fantastically romantic. It references a forbidden love that was never meant to be, yet impossible to ignore. Not exactly the stuff romance novels are made of…but still, love is love, and it doesn’t always end happily ever after in real life. Can you imagine being the subject of this poem? Sigh! It’s just overwhelming.

The amazing thing about this poem is how it starts and how it ends. Byron creates this tragic story that builds up to a powerful ending and certainly one worth shedding a tear or two. I’ve read it hundreds of times by now and still get a little misty eyed by the ending. It’s just that amazing. Even after all these years this poem is still shockingly current and relevant to society today.

Some days a breathtaking poem is warranted, right? It’s good for the soul! If you are familiar with it, you can read again and refresh your memory with the beauty of his work. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read this piece, take a moment to enjoy this stunning poem! And get out the tissues!

When We Two Parted
by Lord George Gordon Byron

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.

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.

They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shrudder comes o’er me–
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee so well–
Long, long I shall rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

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.

Do you have a favorite poem? Feel free to share!

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Stephanie

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No Responses to “Random Ramblings: When We Two Parted”

  1. Celine

    That is a truly beautiful poem, I love it. One of my favourite poems is Ghost by Emilie Autumn.Thanks for sharing!

  2. Celine

    That is a truly beautiful poem, I love it. One of my favourite poems is Ghost by Emilie Autumn.

    Thanks for sharing!

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