Welcome to Poetry.com

Poetry.com is a huge collection of poems from famous and amateur poets from around the world — collaboratively published by a community of authors and contributing editors.

Navigate through our poetry database by subjects, alphabetically or simply search by keywords. You can submit a new poem, discuss and rate existing work, listen to poems using voice pronunciation and even translate pieces to many common and not-so-common languages.

Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)

The Poet's Song To His Wife

Barry Cornwall 1787 (Leeds, Yorkshire) – 1874 (London)

HOW many summers, love,
 Have I been thine?
How many days, thou dove,
 Hast thou been mine?
Time, like the winged wind
 When ’t bends the flowers,
Hath left no mark behind,
 To count the hours.
 
Some weight of thought, though loth,
 On thee he leaves;
Some lines of care round both
 Perhaps he weaves;
Some fears,—a soft regret
 For joys scarce known;
Sweet looks we half forget;—
 All else is flown!
 
Ah!—With what thankless heart
 I mourn and sing!
Look, where our children start,
 Like sudden Spring!
With tongues all sweet and low,
 Like a pleasant rhyme,
They tell how much I owe
 To thee and Time!

Font size:
 

Submitted on May 13, 2011

33 sec read
19 Views

Barry Cornwall

Bryan Waller Procter (pseud. Barry Cornwall) was an English poet who served as a Commissioner in Lunacy. more…

All Barry Cornwall poems | Barry Cornwall Books

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Discuss this Barry Cornwall poem with the community:

0 Comments

    Translation

    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "The Poet's Song To His Wife" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 18 Sep. 2021. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/4224/the-poet's-song-to-his-wife>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    Browse Poetry.com

    Quiz

    Are you a poetry master?

    »
    Who wrote the poem “Funeral Blues"?
    • A. Amy Clampitt
    • B. Victor Hugo
    • C. Pablo Neruda
    • D. W. H. Auden

    Our favorite collection of

    Famous Poets

    »