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

When We Two Parted

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.

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Rudyard Kipling


Comments (13)

Just beautiful, poems aren’t the same anymore
I think the poem moved me on an emotional level it is fantastic it makes me feel so gooooood and makes me want to scream all night
I think that I got an erection from this
All time favorite. Expresses the deepest emotions. Beautiful.
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