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

Invite to Eternity Wilt thou go me sweet maid Say maiden wilt thou go 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 me Where stones will turn to flooding streams, Where plains will rise ocean waves, Where life will fade visioned dreams And mountains darken into caves. Say maiden wilt thou go with me Through this non-identity Where parents and are forgot And sisters and know us not Say maiden wilt thou go with me this strange death of life to be To 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 thy […]

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