Tag Archives: W. H. Auden

#9 Excerpts – Years Shall Run Like Rabbits

But all the clocks in the city

Began to whirr and chime:

O let not Time deceive you,

You cannot conquer Time.

In headaches and in worry

Vaguely life leaks away,

And Time will have his fancy

To-morrow or to-day.

From Before Sunrise, an excerpt of the W H Auden poem, “As I Walked Out One Evening

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#9 Excerpts – Funeral Blues

Funeral Blues ~ W H Auden

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone.
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling in the sky the message He is Dead,
Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

I came across the poem on watching Four Weddings And A Funeral by Mike Newell. John Hannah, reads the poem on the funeral of his lover inspiring Hugh Grant to do whatever he can to be with his love. You can watch the video here.