‘Forget Thee’ by John Moultrie(Tiger’s Voyage)


When I first opened Tiger’s Voyage right now, my gaze fell on this beautifully written poem. It explains a lot on how the author is exclaiming that there is no chance that he will forget thee. Written partly in Shakespearean style, here it is:-

Forget thee? If to dream by night and muse on thee by day;
If all the worship deep and wild a poet’s heart can pay;
If prayers in absence breathed for thee to Heaven’s protecting power;
If winged thoughts that flit to thee a thousand in an hour;
If busy fancy blending thee with all my future lot–
If this thou call’st forgetting, thou, indeed, shalt be forgot!

Forget thee? Bid the forest-birds forget their sweetest tune;
Forget thee? Bid the sea forget to swell beneath the moon;
Bid the thirsty flowers forget to drink the eve’s refreshing dew;
Thyself forget thine own dear land, and its mountains wild and blue.
Forget each old familiar face, each long-remember’d spot–
When these things are forgot by thee, then thou shalt be forgot!

Keep, if thou wilt, thy maiden peace, still calm and fancy-free,
For God forbid thy gladsome heart should grow less glad for me;
Yet, while that heart is still unwon, oh! bid not mine to rove,
But let it nurse its humble faith and uncomplaining love;
If these, preserved for patient years, at last avail me not–
Forget me then; but ne’er believe that thou canst be forgot!

Savour each word of it. It is like melody from shattered pieces of the heart. Sad but powerful.

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