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Poem by Thomas Hood


Past and Present


I remember, I remember
The house where I was born,
The little window where the sun
Came peeping in at morn;
He never came a wink too soon
Nor bought too long a day;
But now, I often wish the night
Had borne my breath away.

I remember, I remember
The roses, red and white,
The violets, and the lily-cups--
Those flowers made of light!
The lilacs where the robin built,
And where my brother set
The laburnum on his birthday,--
The tree is living yet!

I remember, I remember
Where I was used to swing,
And throught the air must rush as fresh
To swallows on the wing;
My spirit flew in feathers then
That is so heavy now,
And summer pools could hardly cool
The fever on my brow.

I remember, I remember
The fir frees dark and high;
I used to think their slender tops
Were close against the sky:
It was a childish ignorance,
But now 'tis little joy
To know I'm farther off from Heaven
Than when I was a boy. 



Thomas Hood


Thomas Hood's other poems:
  1. Written in Keats' УEndymionФ
  2. Ode on a Distant Prospect of Clapham Academy
  3. To My Daughter on Her Birthday
  4. The Two Peacocks of Bedfont
  5. Ballad (She's up and gone, the graceless girl)


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Francis Palgrave Past and Present ("AS I hear the breath of the mother")

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