Poem introduction

By some, the poem 'Lights Out' has been thought to be about death, but Edward never equivocated, and this poem is a description of the sensation of going to sleep.

Lights Out

 
I have come to the borders of sleep,
The unfathomable deep
Forest where all must lose
Their way, however straight,
Or winding, soon or late;
They cannot choose.
 
Many a road and track
That, since the dawn’s first crack,
Up to the forest brink,
Deceived the travellers,
Suddenly now blurs,
And in they sink.
 
Here love ends,
Despair, ambition ends;
All pleasure and all trouble,
Although most sweet or bitter,
Here ends in sleep that is sweeter
Than tasks most noble.
 
There is not any book
Or face of dearest look
That I would not turn from now
To go into the unknown
I must enter, and leave, alone,
I know not how.
 
The tall forest towers;
Its cloudy foliage lowers
Ahead, shelf above shelf;
Its silence I hear and obey
That I may lose my way
And myself.
 
 

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Edward Thomas

Edward Thomas Downloads read by Helen Thomas

1Adlestrop by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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2October by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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3The Trumpet by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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4Interval by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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5The Path by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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6The Glory by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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7Introduction to 'Old Man' by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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8Old Man by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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9Aspens by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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10Sowing by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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11Fifty Faggots by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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12Digging by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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13Words by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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14'If I should ever by chance ...' by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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15When Gorse is Out of Flower by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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16Lob (excerpt) by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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17Swedes by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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18Tall Nettles by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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19The Gallows by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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20Country People by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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21May 23 by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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22The Owl by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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23Lights Out by Edward Thomas (read by Helen Thomas)

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