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Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)

On the Death of Anne Brontë

              1THERE 's little joy in life for me,
              2    And little terror in the grave ;
              3I 've lived the parting hour to see
              4    Of one I would have died to save.

              5Calmly to watch the failing breath,
              6    Wishing each sigh might be the last ;
              7Longing to see the shade of death
              8    O'er those belovèd features cast.

              9The cloud, the stillness that must part
            10    The darling of my life from me ;
            11And then to thank God from my heart,
            12    To thank Him well and fervently ;

            13Although I knew that we had lost
            14    The hope and glory of our life ;
            15And now, benighted, tempest-tossed,
            16    Must bear alone the weary strife.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Charlotte Brontë, The Complete Poems of Charlotte Brontë, ed. Clement Shorter, collected by C. W. Hatfield (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1923). PR 4165 A5S5 1923 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1896
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/6

Composition date: 21 June 1849
Form: quatrains
Rhyme: abab

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