Archive for May 23, 2010

Poem of the day 23rd May 2010

Posted: May 23, 2010 by gustafhesse in Poem of the day

An Invite, to Eternity

Wilt thou go with me, sweet maid

Say, maiden, wilt thou go with me

Through the valley-depths of shade,

Of night and dark obscurity;

Where the path has lost its way,

Where the sun forgets the day,

Where there’s nor life nor light to see,

Sweet  maiden, wilt thou go with me?


Where stones will turn to flooding streams,

Where plains will rise like ocean waves,

Where life will fade like visioned dreams

And mountains darken into caves,

Say, maiden, wilt thou go with me

Through this sad non-identity,

Where parents live and are forgot,

And sisters live and know us not?


Say, maiden, wilt thou go with me

In this strange death and be the same,

Without this life or home or name,

At once to be and not to be –

That was and is not – yet to see

Things pass like shadows, and the sky

Above, below, around us lie?


The land of shadows wilt thou trace,

And look – nor know each other’s face;

The present mixed with reason gone,

And past and present all as one?

Say, maiden, can thy life be led

To join the living with the dead?

Then trace thy footsteps on with me;

We’re wed to one eternity.   

~ John Clare (1793 – 1864)