The Buried Ring

The Buried Ring

As detectorists we tend to believe that everything that we find was ‘lost’ at some point. But, what if some of the items that we find weren’t lost at all? What if they were placed where we found them for a reason?

Recently I came across a poem from 1866 that is titled “The Buried Ring” that offers us a window into the past and provides us with a unique perspective that ‘could’ provide an answer to how some of those rings we find became ‘buried.’



Across the door-step, worn and old,
The new bride, joyous, pass’d to-day;
The gray rooms show’d an artful gold,
All words were light, all faces gay.

Ah, many years have lived and died
Since she, the other vanish’d one,
Into that door, a timid bride,
Bore from the outer world the sun.

O lily, with the rose’s glow!
O rose, the lily’s garment clad!–
The rooms were golden long ago,
All words were blithe, all faces glad.

She wore upon her hand the ring,
Whose frail and human bond is gone–
A coffin keeps the jealous thing
Radiant in shut oblivion

For she, (beloved, who loved so well,)
In the last tremors of her breath,
Whisper’d of bands impossible–
“She would not give her ring to Death.”

But he, who holds a newer face
Close to his breast with eager glow,
Has he forgotten her embrace,
The first shy maiden’s, long ago?

Lo, in a ghostly dream of night,
A vision, over him she stands,
Her mortal face in heavenlier light,
With speechless blame but blessing hands!

And, smiling mortal sorrow’s pain
Into immortal peace more deep,
She gives him back her ring again–
The new bride kisses him from sleep!



The subject chose to return the ring to her life’s love rather than take it to her grave upon her own death.  This way, the ring and their love lives forever more.  He gave her the ring as a symbol of his undying love, and she chose to return the ring as a symbol of her own everlasting love.

Author: Piatt, John James, 1835-1917

Publication Year: 1866

Use from Public Domain

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