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Poems About Leaving

Table of Contents

  1. Sea Lyric by William Stanley Braithwaite
  2. Spellbound by Emily Brontë
  3. Highland Mary by Robert Burns
  4. Two Dials by Ruby Archer
  5. Farewell to the Farm by Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. The Little Leaf by Annette Wynne

  1. Sea Lyric

    by William Stanley Braithwaite

    Over the seas to-night, love,
    Over the darksome deeps,
    Over the seas to-night, love,
    Slowly my vessel creeps.
    Over the seas to-night, love,
    Waking the sleeping foam—
    Sailing away from thee, love,
    Sailing from thee and home.
    Over the seas to-night, love,
    Dreaming beneath the spars—
    Till in my dreams you shine, love,
    Bright as the listening stars.

  2. Spellbound

    by Emily Brontë

    The night is darkening round me,
    The wild winds coldly blow;
    But a tyrant spell has bound me
    And I cannot, cannot go.

    The giant trees are bending
    Their bare boughs weighed with snow.
    And the storm is fast descending,
    And yet I cannot go.

    Clouds beyond clouds above me,
    Wastes beyond wastes below;
    But nothing drear can move me;
    I will not, cannot go.

  3. Highland Mary

    by Robert Burns

    Ye banks, and braes, and streams around
    The castle o' Montgomery,
    Green be your woods, and fair your flowers,
    Your waters never drumlie!
    There Simmer first unfald her robes,
    And there the langest tarry:
    For there I took the last Fareweel
    O' my sweet Highland Mary.

    How sweetly bloom'd the gay, green birk,
    How rich the hawthorn's blossom;
    As underneath their fragrant shade,
    I clasp'd her to my bosom!
    The golden Hours, on angel wings,
    Flew o'er me and my Dearie;
    For dear to me as light and life
    Was my sweet Highland Mary.

    Wi' mony a vow, and lock'd embrace,
    Our parting was fu' tender;
    And pledging aft to meet again,
    We tore oursels asunder:
    But Oh! fell Death's untimely frost,
    That nipt my Flower sae early!
    Now green's the sod, and cauld's the clay,
    That wraps my Highland Mary!

    O pale, pale now, those rosy lips,
    I aft hae kiss'd sae fondly!
    And clos'd for ay the sparkling glance,
    That dwalt on me sae kindly!
    And mouldering now in silent dust,
    That heart that lo'ed me dearly!
    But still within my bosom's core
    Shall live my Highland Mary.

  4. Two Dials

    by Ruby Archer

    You came, and it was morning;
    You went, and it was night.
    A dial measured in my heart
    One little day's delight.

    The dial in my garden
    Of passion-flowers and rue
    Takes note of only sunny hours,—
    My heart—of those with you.

  5. Farewell to the Farm

    by Robert Louis Stevenson

    The coach is at the door at last;
    The eager children, mounting fast
    And kissing hands, in chorus sing:
    Good-bye, good-bye, to everything!

    To house and garden, field and lawn,
    The meadow-gates we swang upon,
    To pump and stable, tree and swing,
    Good-bye, good-bye, to everything!

    And fare you well for evermore,
    O ladder at the hayloft door,
    O hayloft where the cobwebs cling,
    Good-bye, good-bye, to everything!

    Crack goes the whip, and off we go;
    The trees and houses smaller grow;
    Last, round the woody turn we swing:
    Good-bye, good-bye, to everything!

  6. The Little Leaf

    by Annette Wynne

    And so, the little leaf flew far—O far,
    Out to the place where the blue hills are.

    It took the wind's hand, and on it went;
    All was so new—it was quite content

    To go far away from the mother tree
    And find where the little brook found the sea.

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