Poem of the week: An Invite to Eternity by John Clare

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 hath 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 of life to be To live in 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 reasons gone And past, and present all as one Say maiden can thy […]

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