Old Familiar Faces

by Charles Lamb

I have had playmates, I have had companions,
In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days,
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I have been laughing, I have been carousing,
Drinking late, sitting late, with my bosom cronies,
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I loved a love once, fairest among women;
Closed are her doors on me, I must not see her —
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

I have a friend, a kinder friend has no man;
Like an ingrate, I left my friend abruptly;
Left him, to muse on the old familiar faces.

Ghost-like, I paced round the haunts of my childhood.
Earth seemed a desert I was bound to traverse,
Seeking to find the old familiar faces.

Friend of my bosom, thou more than a brother,
Why wert not thou born in my father’s dwelling?
So might we talk of the old familiar faces —

How some they have died, and some they have left me,
And some are taken from me; all are departed;
All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.

We had this as part of our academics. Guess it was in 10th. One of my favourite verses.

5 thoughts on “Old Familiar Faces

  1. Reply
    December Stud - June 15, 2007

    Awwww….just brilliant!!!
    Damn inspiring….to write, I mean 😉
    And, such an apt picture….

  2. Reply
    Karthik - June 15, 2007

    see the happiness in their faces.. Very well captured that ..

  3. Reply
    bachodi - June 15, 2007

    Wonderful ..
    I would have named it as “suggi sambhrama ” he he

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    Sigma - June 15, 2007

    Wonderful photo! and a nice poem!!

  5. Reply
    veena - October 21, 2008

    wonderful poem with lots n lots of meaning and feelings that many of us feel but have never realised…………

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