{Original Entry Nov. 1991}

Absence from whom we love is worse than death
And frustrate hope severer than despair
~William Cowper
The Poems of William Cowper


Two evils, monstorous either one apart
Possessed me, and were long and loathe at going;
A cry of absence, absence in the heart,
And in the wood the furious winter blowing.
~John Crowe Ransom
Selected Poems of John Crowe Ransom   



Hast thou no care of me?
Shall I abide in this dull world,
which in thy absence is no better than a sty?
~W. Shakespeare
Shakespeare at  


The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
~Genesis 31:49   


But aye the tear comes in me eye,
To think on him that’s far away.
~Robert Burns