Stuff I like – When We Two Parted

Right now it’s Sunday night, I’m sorting myself for the week and listening to Feedback and there was a request to have Zeb Soanes read anything but poetry in particular. (I should confess, I love R4 but hadn’t ever thought ‘oh that’s Zeb Soanes’ when he was doing his thing. However, having just looked him up on the Web – he’s called Zebedee, how cool is that? and how he must have suffered at school, must have been taunted with ‘Boing‘ all the time!)

Anyway Zeb Soanes and his name is a massive diversion for the purposes of this post. The requestor of the ‘anything read by Zeb Soanes’ mentioned ‘She Walks In Beauty’ which is a Bryon poem. If you know anything about me, you’d know about my love of Bryon’s poetry (it’s the whole Regency thing). Bryon who was described as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ by Lady Caroline Lamb (and he was was for her) was the ‘hero’ of his day and while I could do without ‘Childe Harold‘ and most of the epic poetry of the era, I love ‘When we two parted’, like so much in my life this is the fault of The Parent who loves this poem too..

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
Sank 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 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.

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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