The sad day

The sad day

Excitement, that comes to mind when reading the poem written by Thomas Flatman. The title, The sad day, points to a day someone would rather forget. The use of exclamations is a clear give away that the poet is touched by what he experienced.

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It is considered as one of the best poems written by Thomas Flatman.

The sad day

By Thomas Flatman

The sad day

O THE sad day!
When friends shall shake their heads, and say
Of miserable me–
‘Hark, how he groans!
Look, how he pants for breath!
See how he struggles with the pangs of death!’
When they shall say of these dear eyes–
‘How hollow, O how dim they be!
Mark how his breast doth rise and swell
Against his potent enemy!’
When some old friend shall step to my bedside,
Touch my chill face, and thence shall gently slide.
But–when his next companions say
‘How does he do? What hopes?’–shall turn away,
Answering only, with a lift-up hand–
‘Who can his fate withstand?’
Then shall a gasp or two do more
Than e’er my rhetoric could before:
Persuade the world to trouble me no more!

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