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"Think of me at night when sleep is near..." | 25-May-06

"Think of me at night when sleep is near
and I who love you are so far away
Think of me then and I will come to you
nor leave you til the night turns into day

Stretch forth thy hand and through the depths of dark
another hand will touch thy fingertips
And as of old my voice wil breathe thy name
and press a kiss upon thy sleeping lips."

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Last year, after the death of my Mother, I found a slightly different version (see below) written in what I take to be my mums or possibley my dads handwriting. I would love to know where it came from.

"Think of me at night when sleep is near,
and I, who loved you, am so far away;
Think of me then, and I will come to you,
nor leave you till the night turns into day.

Stretch forth thine hand and through the depths of dark
another hand shall touch your finger-tips
And as of old, my voice shall breathe your name
did press a kiss upon your dreaming lips."

Good luck with the search.

Yours sincerely,
James Scott

James Scott

My mother found this poem in a magazine in the early 50's and sent it to my father who was in Hong Kong. I would love to know who wrote it
Sue Phillips

My mother died last year and I found this poem in the top drawer of her bedside table. It was typed out on a very old and yellowing piece of paper. I also found a postcard from a boyfriend of long ago with the poem on it. He was in the navy and the postcard was from Singapore in the mid 50's. I think my mother typed it out so as to be able to read it more easily. I thought originally that it had been written by her sailor boyfriend, but as it is such an accomplished piece, I thought it must have been written by a published poet. I have looked for it in anthologies but without any luck. I have now found at least two other instances of it via this website, so it appears it was 'borrowed' by my mother's boyfriend.
It would be interesting to know who was the author of this very delicate poem.

Michael Green
Michael Green

In the version I have the word 'sleeping' in the last line is replaced by 'dreaming' which I think is better.
Michael Green

My friend told me about this poem which she found scratched into a desk at Uni about 17 years ago. I would love to know who wrote this as it never fails to move me. I too have "borrowed" this and it is written onto the back of a photograph of me which my Husband keeps in his bunk on board his Ship. Regards, Sam
Sam Wightman

I learnt this poem in Singapore in 1952. It was used in an English course at RAF Seletar. I have often wondered who was the author.
john Mcdonald

My father who was not at all romantic sent this to my mother during the war but she has no idea where it came from.
Sheila Hollaway

I got this poem from the Daily Express 'Forgotten Verse' article. The one I have has sleeping lips but I know it is also written as dreaming lips in some places. According to the Express the author is anonymous. Not very helpful but a beautiful poem nonetheless.
Marje Whiteley

Val Eden

My grandfather sent this to my grandmother before they were married around 1948, he remembered it some years later while he nursed my grandmother before she passed away. It provided them great comfort then and now, expressing something which he could not do himself. It is a very moving poem, which he found in the Express article, in the column with the old codgers. He told me it today, it moved me deeply hence why i was looking for the author. best wishes
tara Breheny

I first heard these lines when serving in the Royal Navy on HMS BELFAST in 1960. They were given to me to write to my then fiance by a PO Stoker whose name I cannot remember!
Don Smith

I have known this poem since a young women in my teens. I am now 73. I understood it was written by a soldier during the war to his loved one at home.

Hope this helps
Patricia Kent
patricia Kent

My father remembers this word perfect from his time in the Royal Navy during the second world war. It is a Patience Strong poem which appeared in the Daily Mail. I was trying to find a copy for him when I came across your site.

Hope this helps. Kind Regards, Pam.
Pamela Beckett

This is a poem that excites interest every time it is read. Extensive research reveals the usual "Anon" as the author. I agree it looks like a number of poets from the 18th, 19th and 20th C, but several years of looking has failed to show a name.
David Armitage-Johnstone

Iread this poem in the Bristol Evening Post
In 1948 Ihave always remembered it
It was written by
Patience Stong
Sincerely Beryl Grimsted
Beryl Grimsted

My husband sent this poem to me when he was away doing his National service in 1950. It was in a news paper, but I dont know who wrote it. Unfortunatly my husband has now died. I still have the cutting, but it gives no clues as to wher it came from. Trisha
Trisha Bennett

'T'hink of me at night' was written in my diary by an Irish 'poet' called Paddy (what else) in the Calipso coffee bar in Bristol. The year was 1957 and I kept it for years afterwards. I really thought he had written it for me.
Toni Ross

Could it be by Kathleen Partridge who wrote regularly in the 30's 40's 50's in the Daily Sketch and other publications. I will check her scrap books to see if a definate author can be found, though it is in the style of Patience Strong I agree.

John Woodward

I first saw this short poem on the 6th December,l951
in the heading part of the Daily Mirror,letter page, on my journey into the army as a young National Serviceman, by train toFarnborough. I had become engaged to my fiance, later to be my wife for 57 years until her death in 2008. I sent her a copy of if and throught the intervening years it brought us many happy memories ; in what had been a traumatic time
Tom Hughes

This poem was featured in the Daily Mail some time in November 2011 and although I saw a part of it I missed the whole, does anyone know the full content with the words "Think of me then and I will come to you and press a kiss upon your dreaming lips"
Colin Lees

My mother wrote this poem out on 13th March 1957. I wondered is she had written as she put her initials at the bottom H.L.H. (Hilda Lucy Hiles) I imagine now though that she found it probably in a womens' magazine. I do know that she read the Womans Weekly in those days quite often.
Ann Newman

Toll of Time by Kathleen Partridge. Is this the correct title?

I need to read it at a funeral
Peter allen

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