A Celebration of Women Writers

"In Memory of a Happy Day in February" by Anne Brontë (1820-1849)

First Publication: Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey A new edition together with a selection of literary remains. London: Smith, Elder, 1850.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


Blessed be Thou for all the joy
  My soul has felt today!
O let its memory stay with me
  And never pass away!

I was alone, for those I loved
  Were far away from me,
The sun shone on the withered grass,
  The wind blew fresh and free.

Was it the smile of early spring
  That made my bosom glow?
'Twas sweet, but neither sun nor wind
  Could raise my spirit so.

Was it some feeling of delight,
  All vague and undefined?
No, 'twas a rapture deep and strong,
  Expanding in the mind!

Was it a sanguine view of life
  And all its transient bliss
A hope of bright prosperity?
  O no, it was not this!

It was a glimpse of truth divine
  Unto my spirit given
Illumined by a ray of light
  That shone direct from heaven!

I felt there was a God on high
  By whom all things were made.
I saw His wisdom and his power
  In all his works displayed.

But most throughout the moral world
  I saw his glory shine;
I saw His wisdom infinite,
  His mercy all divine.

Deep secrets of his providence
  In darkness long concealed
Unto the vision of my soul
  Were graciously revealed.

But while I wondered and adored
  His wisdom so divine,
I did not tremble at his power,
  I felt that God was mine.

I knew that my Redeemer lived,
  I did not fear to die;
Full sure that I should rise again
  To immortality.

I longed to view that bliss divine
  Which eye hath never seen,
Like Moses, I would see His face
  Without the veil between.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


The ms is dated "Begun in February Finished November 10th 1842". There are both minor and major differences between the ms and the published 1850 text (which is given here) in punctuation and wording. Charlotte Brontë edited the 1850 text, changing /knew/ to /felt/ at line 25; /Were brought to my delighted eyes/ to /Unto the vision of my soul/ at line 35; /I felt/ to /Full sure/ at line 43; and /To see the glories of his face/ to /Like Moses, I would see His face/ in line 47.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom