Poems for Valentine's day

First love

This poem was written by John Clare (1793 - 1864). John was a famous English poet who lived in rural Northamptonshire. This poem exudes genuine feelings of emotion of love from the heart.

I ne'er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and sweet
His face, it bloomed like a sweet flower
And stole my heart away, in complete
My face turned pale as deadly pale
My legs refused to walk away
And when he looked, what could I say?
My life and the rest seemed turned to clay

And then my blood rushed to my face
And took my sight away
The trees and the bushes round the place
Felt like at midnight, when in fact mid day
I could not see a single thing
Words from my eyes started to flow
They spoke as chords do from string
And blood, burnt round my heart

Are flowers the winter's choice?
Is love's bed always in snow?
He seemed to hear my silent voice
And love's appeal to know.
Never seen so sweet a face
As that one stood before
My heart has left its dwelling place
And can return no more

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