Mild is the parting year, and sweet
The odour of the falling spray;
Life passes on more rudely fleet,
And balmless is its closing day.
I wait its close, I court its gloom,
But mourn that never must there fall
Or on my breast or on my tomb
The tear that would have soothed it all
Poet: Walter Savage Landor
1775 – 1864
Walter Savage Landor was a writer, activist and poet. A rumbustious and lively character his work received critical acclaim but little public popularity. His writing and activism reflected his passion for liberal and republican causes. Described as a poet’s poet his work influenced future writers such as Charles Dickens and Robert Browning.