By Heart 05 – Night – Francis William Bourdillon


I’ve been a bit rubbish at this particular challenge. In nearly three years I’ve tackled an entire 4 poems. And while I did learn them off at the time, I’m not entirely sure that I could just stand up and recite them now.

Not me at my most diligent!

So, I will refresh on the four so far this coming week and then attempt to add this one into the mix.

Night – Francis William Bourdillon

The night has a thousand eyes,
    And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
    With the dying sun.

The mind has a thousand eyes,
    And the heart but one:
Yet the light of a whole life dies
    When love is done.

This is in an anthology of poems that I dip in and out of. I’ve never come across the poet before but will keep an eye out as I find this very simple and cute.


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