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Poem by Thomas Hood



There is a silence where hath been no sound,
There is a silence where no sound may be,
In the cold grave  under the deep, deep sea,
Or in wide desert where no life is found,

Which hath been mute, and still must sleep profound;
No voice is hushd  no life treads silently,
But clouds and cloudy shadows wander free,
That never spoke, over the idle ground:

But in green ruins, in the desolate walls
Of antique palaces, where Man hath been,
Though the dun fox or wild hyæna calls,
And owls, that flit continually between,

Shriek to the echo, and the low winds moan 
There the true Silence is, self-conscious and alone.

Thomas Hood

Thomas Hood's other poems:
  1. Song (The stars are with the voyager)
  2. Written in Keats' Endymion
  3. Ode on a Distant Prospect of Clapham Academy
  4. The Boy at the Nore
  5. The Two Swans

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Henry King, Bishop of Chichester Silence ("Peace my hearts blab, be ever dumb")
  • Eleanor Farjeon Silence ("Words and the body always have been much pain to me")
  • Edgar Poe Silence ("There are some qualitiessome incorporate things")
  • Helen Cone Silence ("Why should I sing of earth or heaven? not rather rest")
  • Edgar Masters Silence ("I have known the silence of the stars and of the sea")

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