John Clare: Meet Me in the Green Glen

W. W. Law - John_Clare (1862) - from  Wikimedia Commons

W. W. Law – John Clare (1862) – from Wikimedia Commons

Another charming poem from Asylum Poems, the collection of verses written by Clare while he was interned in an asylum. The old poet has an appointment with his love at sunset in a beautiful valley.

Meet Me in the Green Glen

Love, meet me in the green glen,
  Beside the tall elm tree,
Where the sweet briar smells so sweet agen;
  There come with me,
      Meet me in the green glen.

Meet me at the sunset
  Down in the green glen,
Where we’ve often met
  By hawthorn tree and foxes’ den,
      Meet me in the green glen.

Meet me in the green glen,
  By sweet briar bushes there;
Meet me by your own sen,
  Where the wild thyme blossoms fair.
      Meet me in the green glen.

Meet me by the sweet briar,
  By the mole hill swelling there;
When the West glows like a fire
  God’s crimson bed is there.
      Meet me in the green glen.

Alfonse Van Besten - Deux filles ceuillant des fleurs (1912) - from autochromes.be

Alfonse Van Besten – Deux filles cueillant des fleurs (1912) – from autochromes.be

Source: Poems Chiefly from Manuscript by John Clare, copied from the Project Gutenberg ebook. See also the digitization of the original on Internet Archive.

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2 thoughts on “John Clare: Meet Me in the Green Glen

  1. Un beau texte poétique, idéaliste et pétri de romantisme, où transparaît nostalgie et désespoir… Nostalgie d’un lointain passé, et désespoir d’un rêve désormais inaccessible… Un excès de rêve qui ne peut mener qu’à la folie…

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    • Non, un excès de rêve ne mène pas nécessairement à la folie… tout dépend de la solidité de la psychologie, certains sont plus fragiles que d’autres.

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