Eliza Cook

Here you will find the Poem The Old Arm-chair of poet Eliza Cook

The Old Arm-chair

I LOVE it, I love it ; and who shall dare
 To chide me for loving that old Arm-chair ?
 I've treasured it long as a sainted prize ;
 I've bedewed it with tears, and embalmed it with sighs.
 ' Tis bound by a thousand bands to my heart ;
 Not a tie will break, not a link will start.
 Would ye learn the spell ? -- a mother sat there ;
 And a sacred thing is that old Arm-chair.

 In Childhood's hour I lingered near
 The hallowed seat with listening ear ;
 And gentle words that mother would give ;
 To fit me to die, and teach me to live.
 She told me shame would never betide,
 With truth for my creed and God for my guide ;
 She taught me to lisp my earliest prayer ;
 As I knelt beside that old Arm-chair. 

 I sat and watched her many a day,
 When her eye grew dim, and her locks were grey :
 And I almost worshipped her when she smiled,
 And turned from her Bible, to bless her child.
 Years rolled on; but the last one sped--
 My idol was shattered; my earth-star fled :
 I learnt how much the heart can bear,
 When I saw her die in that old Arm-chair. 

 'Tis past, 'tis past, but I gaze on it now
 With quivering breath and throbbing brow :
 'Twas there she nursed me ; 'twas there she died :
 And Memory flows with lava tide.
 Say it is folly, and deem me weak,
 While the scalding drops start down my cheek ;
 But I love it, I love it ; and cannot tear
 My soul from a mother's old Arm-chair.