When We Two Parted

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 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.
 

Poems by This Author

The Destruction Of Sennacherib by George Gordon Byron
The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage [I stood in Venice] by George Gordon Byron
I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage [There is a pleasure in the pathless woods] by George Gordon Byron
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III [excerpt] by George Gordon Byron
There is a very life in our despair
Don Juan [If from great nature's or our own abyss] by George Gordon Byron
If from great nature's or our own abyss
Darkness by George Gordon Byron
I had a dream, which was not all a dream
Epitaph to a Dog by George Gordon Byron
Near this Spot
Lines Inscribed Upon a Cup Formed from a Skull by George Gordon Byron
Start not—nor deem my spirit fled
She Walks in Beauty by George Gordon Byron
She walks in beauty, like the night
So we'll go no more a roving by George Gordon Byron
So, we'll go no more a roving
The Giaour [Unquenched, unquenchable] by George Gordon Byron
Unquenched, unquenchable
To Thomas Moore by George Gordon Byron
My boat is on the shore


Further Reading

Poems About Breakups and Divorce
"To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage"
by Robert Lowell
The Aeneid, Book IV, [So, you traitor]
by Virgil
A Book Of Music
by Jack Spicer
After Love
by Sara Teasdale
Apart (Les Séparés)
by Louis Simpson
Chaos Is the New Calm
by Wyn Cooper
Coming and Going
by Tony Hoagland
Company
by Karen Leona Anderson
Dear Miss Emily
by James Galvin
Donal Óg
by Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory
Family Reunion
by Jeredith Merrin
Footprint on Your Heart
by Gary Lenhart
Good Night
by Wilhelm Müller
Heart's Needle
by W. D. Snodgrass
I May After Leaving You Walk Quickly or Even Run
by Matthea Harvey
In Praise of Their Divorce
by Tony Hoagland
Man and Wife
by Robert Lowell
Multiple Man: Guest-starring me & you
by Gary Jackson
One Art
by Elizabeth Bishop
Pleasure
by Katie Peterson
Provisional
by Catherine Bowman
Remember
by Christina Rossetti
Sita
by Jason Schneiderman
The Gift
by Sara Teasdale
The Primer
by Christina Davis
The Vampire Bride [I am come—I am come!]
by Henry Thomas Liddell
This Was Once a Love Poem
by Jane Hirshfield
To Earthward
by Robert Frost
Poems About Farewells
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
by John Donne
Before the Deployment
by Jehanne Dubrow
Chicago
by Carl Sandburg
Farewell
by John Clare
Farewell to Yang, Who's Leaving for Kuo-chou
by Wang Wei
Good Night
by Wilhelm Müller
Kissing Stieglitz Good-Bye
by Gerald Stern
Late August on the Lido
by John Hollander
Losing Track
by Denise Levertov
Remember
by Christina Rossetti
Since Hannah Moved Away
by Judith Viorst
So Long
by Walt Whitman
Verses upon the Burning of our House
by Anne Bradstreet