Lord Byron's Poems

Early Poems: To Emma


Since now the hour is come at last,

When you must quit your anxious lover;

Since now, our dream of bliss is past,

One pang, my girl, and all is over.


Alas! that pang will be severe,

Which bids us part to meet no more;

Which tears me far from 'one' so dear,

'Departing' for a distant shore.


Well! we have pass'd some happy hours,

And joy will mingle with our tears;

When thinking on these ancient towers,

The shelter of our infant years;


Where from this Gothic casement's height,

We view'd the lake, the park, the dell,

And still, though tears obstruct our sight,

We lingering look a last farewell,


O'er fields through which we us'd to run,

And spend the hours in childish play;

O'er shades where, when our race was done,

Reposing on my breast you lay;


Whilst I, admiring, too remiss,

Forgot to scare the hovering flies,

Yet envied every fly the kiss,

It dar'd to give your slumbering eyes:


See still the little painted 'bark',

In which I row'd you o'er the lake;

See there, high waving o'er the park,

The 'elm' I clamber'd for your sake.


These times are past, our joys are gone,

You leave me, leave this happy vale;

These scenes, I must retrace alone;

Without thee, what will they avail?


Who can conceive, who has not prov'd,

The anguish of a last embrace?

When, torn from all you fondly lov'd,

You bid a long adieu to peace.


'This' is the deepest of our woes,

For 'this' these tears our cheeks bedew;

This is of love the final close,

Oh, God! the fondest, 'last' adieu!

Footnote 1: To Maria