This is my favourite poem. What’s yours?
I lost the love of heaven above by John Clare
I lost the love of heaven above,
I spurned the lust of earth below,
I felt the sweets of fancied love,
And hell itself my only foe.
I lost earth’s joys, but felt the glow
Of heaven’s flame abound in me,
Till loveliness and I did grow
The bard of immortality.
I loved, but woman fell away;
I hid me from her faded flame.
I snatched the sun’s eternal ray
And wrote till earth was but a name.
In every language upon earth,
On every shore, o’er every sea,
I gave my name immortal birth
And kept my spirit with the free.