Poems – Francis William Bourdillion


Who is Francis William Bourdillion?

Francis William Bourdillon was an English poet, born in 1852. He began his literary career as a translator, but soon found success as a poet in his own right. His poems were known for their simplicity and emotional depth, often exploring themes of love, nature, and the passing of time.

Bourdillon’s most famous poem, “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes,” is a haunting reflection on the fleeting nature of life and the beauty of the natural world. His work was well-received during his lifetime, and he became a popular figure in the world of Victorian poetry.

Bourdillon’s poetry continues to resonate with readers today, reminding us of the power of language to capture the essence of human experience.

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Francis William Bourdillion

THE NIGHT has a thousand eyes,
And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.

The mind has a thousand eyes, 5
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.