Poet Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton



Poems Comments

Old Friends

HOW are they waned and faded from our hearts,
The old companions of our early days!
Of all the many loved, which name imparts
Regret when blamed, or rapture at its praise?
What are their several fates, by Heaven decreed,
They of the jocund heart, and careless brow?
Alas! we scarcely know and scarcely heed,
Where, in this world of sighs, they wander now.

See, how with cold faint smile, and courtly nod,
They pass, whom wealth and revelry divide-
Who walked together to the house of God,
Read from one book, and rested side by side;
No look of recognition lights the eye
Which laughingly hath met that fellow-face;
With careless hands they greet and wander by,
Who parted once with tears and long embrace.

Oh, childhood! blessed time of hope and love,
When all we knew was Nature's simple law,
How may we yearn again that time to prove,
When we looked round, and loved whate'er we saw.
Now dark suspicion wakes, and love departs,
And cold distrust its well-feigned smile displays;
And they are waned and faded from our hearts,
The old companions of our early days!



Poem topics: , , , , , , , , ,

Rate this poem:

Add Old Friends poem to your favorites

Add Poet Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton to your favorites

Similar Poems
There is no similar poems related to "Old Friends" poem.
All Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton Poems

Popular Poets

Patrick Brontë (12 poems)
Shaemas O'Sheel (3 poems)
Thomas D'Urfey (1 poems)
Arthur Symons (0 poems)
Eleanor Rogers Cox (3 poems)
John Philpot Curran (1 poems)
Mary Carolyn Davies (6 poems)
F. C. Woodworth (1 poems)
James Graham (4 poems)
Richard Henry Horne (1 poems)

Popular Poems

The Seventeenth Book Of Homer's Odysseys, by George Chapman
At The Beating Of A Drum, by Henry Lawson
Ye Flowery Banks, by Robert Burns
Summer begins to have the look, by Emily Dickinson
Christmas Time, by Freeman E. Miller
Ode To Adversity, by John Gay
Amoretti Lxvii: Like As A Huntsman, by Edmund Spenser
The Mist, by Carl Sandburg
Pastor Cum (Translation From Horace), by Adam Lindsay Gordon
The Parlement Of Fowls, by Geoffrey Chaucer