Thomas Lovell Beddoes

English poet, dramatist and physician

Thomas Lovell Beddoes (June 30, 1803January 26, 1849) was an English poet and dramatist.

Thomas Lovell Beddoes


  • A cypress-bough, and a rose-wreath sweet,
    A wedding-robe, and a winding-sheet,
    A bridal bed and a bier.
    Thine be the kisses, maid,
    And smiling Love’s alarms;
    And thou, pale youth, be laid
    In the grave’s cold arms.
    Each in his own charms,
    Death and Hymen both are here;
    So up with scythe and torch,
    And to the old church porch,
    While all the bells ring clear:
    And rosy, rosy the bed shall bloom,
    And earthy, earthy heap up the tomb.
    • A Cypress-Bough, and A Rose-Wreath Sweet, from The Poetical Works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1890).
  • Shivering in fever, weak, and parched to sand,
    My ears, those entrances of word-dressed thoughts,
    My pictured eyes, and my assuring touch,
    Fell from me, and my body turned me forth
    From its beloved abode: then I was dead;
    And in my grave beside my corpse I sat,
    In vain attempting to return
    • Dream of Dying, from The Poetical Works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1890).

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