Home  »  The Book of Georgian Verse  »  Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)

William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Georgian Verse. 1909.

Why, Why Repine

Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)

WHY, why repine, my pensive friend,

At pleasures slipped away?

Some the stern Fates will never lend,

And all refuse to stay.

I see the rainbow in the sky,

The dew upon the grass,

I see them, and I ask not why

They glimmer or they pass.

With folded arms I linger not

To call them back; ’twere vain;

In this, or in some other spot,

I know they’ll shine again.