Poetry Friday--Valentine's Day ish: Jenny Kissed Me

An old chestnut, but very sweet:

"Jenny Kissed Me"

Jenny kiss'd me when we met,
Jumping from the chair she sat in;
Time, you thief, who love to get
Sweets into your list, put that in!

Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,
Say that health and wealth have miss'd me,
Say I'm growing old, but add,
Jenny kiss'd me.

--Leight Hunt, 1784-1859

I've always been fond of this poem (except for the "into" in the fourth line- just "in" sounds so much better to me). Apparently the Jenny in question was Carlyle's wife, but I have always imagined her a little girl...

The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Hip Writer Mama's place today!


  1. Yes, I've always loved this poem, too! Apparently Jenny kissed Hunt since he delivered good news about Carlyle being published.

  2. I love that one, too - I just read it earlier this week while reading through some of The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry.


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