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Famous Farewell Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Farewell poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous farewell poems. These examples illustrate what a famous farewell poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Turns again home. 

Twilight and evening bell, 
And after that the dark! 
And may there be no sadness of farewell, 
When I embark; 

For though from out our bourne of Time and Place 
The flood may bear me far, 
I hope to see my Pilot face to face 
When I have crossed the bar. ...Read more of this...

by Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
...ine, the village curfew, and straightway
Rose the guests and departed; and silence reigned in the household.
Many a farewell word and sweet good-night on the door-step
Lingered long in Evangeline's heart, and filled it with gladness.
Carefully then were covered the embers that glowed on the hearth-stone,
And on the oaken stairs resounded the tread of the farmer.
Soon with a soundless step the foot of Evangeline followed.
Up the staircase moved a luminous space...Read more of this...

by Ginsberg, Allen
...n on 
 the rocks of Time! 
Real holy laughter in the river! They saw it all! the 
 wild eyes! the holy yells! They bade farewell! 
 They jumped off the roof! to solitude! waving! 
 carrying flowers! Down to the river! into the 


Carl Solomon! I'm with you in Rockland 
 where you're madder than I am 
I'm with you in Rockland 
 where you must feel very strange 
I'm with you in Rockland 
 where you imitate the shade of my mother 
I'm with you in Rockland 
 where ...Read more of this...

by Keats, John
...hath made?
I saw him on the calmed waters scud,
With such a glow of beauty in his eyes,
That it enforc'd me to bid sad farewell
To all my empire: farewell sad I took,
And hither came, to see how dolorous fate
Had wrought upon ye; and how I might best
Give consolation in this woe extreme.
Receive the truth, and let it be your balm."

 Whether through pos'd conviction, or disdain,
They guarded silence, when Oceanus
Left murmuring, what deepest thought can tell?
But so ...Read more of this...

by Byron, George (Lord)
...carcely beat his heart, 
His eye alone proclaim'd — 
"We will not part! 
Thy band may perish, or thy friends may flee, 
Farewell to life, but not adieu to thee!" 

The word hath pass'd his lips, and onward driven, 
Pours the link'd band through ranks asunder riven; 
Well has each steed obey'd the armed heel, 
And flash the scimitars, and rings the steel; 
Outnumber'd, not outbraved, they still oppose 
Despair to daring, and a front to foes; 
And blood is mingled with the dash...Read more of this...

by Robinson, Edwin Arlington


So? Must I go so far? And if so, why so? 
I had not planned it so. Is this the road 
I take? If so, farewell. 


Quite so. Farewell....Read more of this...

by Milton, John
...cheerful face, the louring element 
Scowls o'er the darkened landscape snow or shower, 
If chance the radiant sun, with farewell sweet, 
Extend his evening beam, the fields revive, 
The birds their notes renew, and bleating herds 
Attest their joy, that hill and valley rings. 
O shame to men! Devil with devil damned 
Firm concord holds; men only disagree 
Of creatures rational, though under hope 
Of heavenly grace, and, God proclaiming peace, 
Yet live in hatred, enmity, ...Read more of this...

by Milton, John
..., as I from begging, peace; 
All hope excluded thus, behold, in stead 
Mankind created, and for him this world. 
So farewell, hope; and with hope farewell, fear; 
Farewell, remorse! all good to me is lost; 
Evil, be thou my good; by thee at least 
Divided empire with Heaven's King I hold, 
By thee, and more than half perhaps will reign; 
As Man ere long, and this new world, shall know. 
Thus while he spake, each passion dimmed his face 
Thrice changed with pale, ire, ...Read more of this...

by Akhmatova, Anna a Siberian blizzard?
What shimmering mirage around the circle of the moon?
I send each one of you my salutation, and farewell.
[March 1940]


It happened like this when only the dead
Were smiling, glad of their release,
That Leningrad hung around its prisons
Like a worthless emblem, flapping its piece.
Shrill and sharp, the steam-whistles sang
Short songs of farewell
To the ranks of convicted, demented by suffering,
As they, in regiments, wal...Read more of this...

by Byron, George (Lord) the land of the Sun — 
Can he smile on such deeds as his children have done? [2] 
Oh! wild as the accents of lovers' farewell 
Are the hearts which they bear, and the tales which they tell. 


Begirt with many a gallant slave, 
Apparell'd as becomes the brave, 
Awaiting each his lord's behest 
To guide his steps, or guard his rest, 
Old Giaffir sate in his Divan: 
Deep thought was in his aged eye; 
And though the face of Mussulman 
Not oft betrays to standers ...Read more of this...

by Goldsmith, Oliver
When the poor exiles, every pleasure passed,
Hung round their bowers, and fondly looked their last,
And took a long farewell, and wished in vain
For seats like these beyond the western main;
And, shuddering still to face the distant deep,
Returned and wept, and still returned to weep.
The good old sire, the first prepared to go
To new-found worlds, and wept for others' woe;
But for himself, in conscious virtue brave,
He only wished for worlds beyond the grave.
His...Read more of this...

by Wordsworth, William that motion tune his wanton song,  Like tipsy Joy that reels with tossing head.   Farewell, O Warbler! till to-morrow eve,  And you, my friends! farewell, a short farewell!  We have been loitering long and pleasantly,  And now for our dear homes.—That strain again!  Full fain it would delay me!-My dear Babe,  Who, capable of no articulate sound,  Mars ...Read more of this...

by Bradstreet, Anne the skies.
5.105 Triumph I shall, o're Sin, o're Death, o're Hell,
5.106 And in that hope, I bid you all farewell....Read more of this...

by Bridges, Robert Seymour
...hee in my heart must bear;
And what thou wert that wilt thou ever be,
My choice, my best, my loved, and only fair. 
Farewell, yet think not such farewell a change
From tenderness, tho' once to meet or part
But on short absence so could sense derange
That tears have graced the greeting of my heart;
They were proud drops and had my leave to fall,
Not on thy pity for my pain to call. 

When sometimes in an ancient house where state
From noble ancestry is handed on,
We...Read more of this...

by Carroll, Lewis
 To help you in hunting the Snark.

"A dear uncle of mine (after whom I was named)
 Remarked, when I bade him farewell--"
"Oh, skip your dear uncle!" the Bellman exclaimed,
 As he angrily tingled his bell.

"He remarked to me then," said that mildest of men,
 " 'If your Snark be a Snark, that is right:
Fetch it home by all means--you may serve it with greens,
 And it's handy for striking a light.

" 'You may seek it with thimbles--and seek it with care;
 You...Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
...em maked is,
That may me helpe nor comfort in this,
Well ought I *sterve in wanhope* and distress. *die in despair*
Farewell my life, my lust*, and my gladness. *pleasure
Alas, *why plainen men so in commune *why do men so often complain
Of purveyance of God*, or of Fortune, of God's providence?*
That giveth them full oft in many a guise
Well better than they can themselves devise?
Some man desireth for to have richess,
That cause is of his murder or great sickness.Read more of this...

by Scott, Sir Walter
...brightest fair
     Who e'er wore jewel in her hair,
     So highly did his bosom swell
     As at that simple mute farewell.
     Now with a trusty mountain-guide,
     And his dark stag-hounds by his side,
     He parts,—the maid, unconscious still,
     Watched him wind slowly round the hill;
     But when his stately form was hid,
     The guardian in her bosom chid,—
     'Thy Malcolm! vain and selfish maid!'
     'T was thus upbraiding conscience said,—
   ...Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
Better to die than to have indigence.
*Thy selve* neighebour will thee despise, *that same*
If thou be poor, farewell thy reverence.
Yet of the wise man take this sentence,
Alle the days of poore men be wick'*, *wicked, evil
Beware therefore ere thou come to that prick*. *point

If thou be poor, thy brother hateth thee,
And all thy friendes flee from thee, alas!
O riche merchants, full of wealth be ye,
O noble, prudent folk, as in this case,
Your bagges be ...Read more of this...

by Chaucer, Geoffrey
But age, alas! that all will envenime,* *poison, embitter
Hath me bereft my beauty and my pith:* *vigour
Let go; farewell; the devil go therewith.
The flour is gon, there is no more to tell,
The bran, as I best may, now must I sell.
But yet to be right merry will I fand.* *try
Now forth to tell you of my fourth husband,
I say, I in my heart had great despite,
That he of any other had delight;
But he was quit,* by God and by Saint Joce:21 *requited, paid bac...Read more of this...

by Shelley, Percy Bysshe
...e as ye must.--Over me
Your leaves shall glance--the streams in which ye dwell
Shall be my paths henceforth; and so farewell."

She spoke and wept. The dark and azure well
Sparkled beneath the shower of her bright tears,
And every little circlet where they fell
Flung to the cavern-roof inconstant spheres
And intertangled lines of light. A knell
Of sobbing voices came upon her ears
From those departing forms, o'er the serene
Of the white streams and of the fore...Read more of this...

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