A Celebration of Women Writers

"Night" by Anne Brontë (1820-1849)

First Publication: Brontë Poems A.C. Benson, Ed. London: Smith, Elder, 1915. p. 289.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


I LOVE the silent hour of night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes.

And then a voice may meet my ear,
That death has silenced long ago;
And hope and rapture may appear
Instead of solitude and woe.

Cold in the grave for years has lain
The form it was my bliss to see;
And only dreams can bring again,
The darling of my heart to me.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


The manuscript version of the poem says "Written early in 1845". There are minor differences in punctuation.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom