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‘I Remember’ : A poem of nostalgia tinged with regret.
‘I Remember’

‘I Remember’ by Thomas Hood (1799-1845).

Thomas Hood is better known for his humorous verse; this is a poignant little reflection on childhood innocence lost.

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.

‘I Remember’ by Thomas Hood (1799-1845).

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