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I Remember, I Remember
Thomas Hood

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 brought 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 vi'lets, 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 thought 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 trees 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 heav'n
Than when I was a boy.

This poem is in the public domain.



Thomas Hood (1799 - 1845) was a poet, publisher, editor, and humorist. The son of a bookseller, he was born in London and lived there for most of his life, with stints in Scotland and Belgium. Well known for his puns and comic verse, Thomas also composed poems that drew attention to the social evils of his day.


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Kay Sanders:
The first four lines of this poem are among my earliest memories. I heard and absorbed them from my mother who was always quoting poetry. Thank you for posting this, Jayne.
Posted 04/08/2018 08:54 AM
So wonderful to have you and the lovely poems back again!
Posted 04/03/2018 03:00 PM
Oh, Jayne, what a fantastic Easter surprise! I have missed YDP SO MUCH (even though you had poems available, the poem in the in-box is *always* a happy surprise.) Thank yo, thank you!
Posted 04/02/2018 11:12 PM
thank-you Jayne. this poem is is the month-return of poetry parade!
Posted 04/02/2018 06:43 PM

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