Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Here you will find the Poem Ballad Of Human Life of poet Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Ballad Of Human Life

WHEN we were girl and boy together, 
 We toss?d about the flowers 
 And wreath?d the blushing hours 
Into a posy green and sweet. 
 I sought the youngest, best, 
 And never was at rest 
Till I had laid them at thy fairy feet. 
But the days of childhood they were fleet, 
 And the blooming sweet-briar-breath?d weather, 
 When we were boy and girl together.
Then we were lad and lass together, 
 And sought the kiss of night 
 Before we felt aright, 
Sitting and singing soft and sweet. 
 The dearest thought of heart 
 With thee ?t was joy to part, 
And the greater half was thine, as meet. 
Still my eyelid?s dewy, my veins they beat 
 At the starry summer-evening weather, 
 When we were lad and lass together.
And we are man and wife together, 
 Although thy breast, once bold 
 With song, be clos?d and cold 
Beneath flowers? roots and birds? light feet. 
 Yet sit I by thy tomb,
 And dissipate the gloom 
With songs of loving faith and sorrow sweet. 
And fate and darkling grave kind dreams do cheat, 
 That, while fair life, young hope, despair and death are, 
 We ?re boy and girl, and lass and lad, and man and wife together.