A Celebration of Women Writers

"Appeal." by Anne Brontë (1820-1849)

First Publication: Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell London: Aylott and Jones, 8, Paternoster Row, 1846. p. 140.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

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APPEAL.

OH, I am very weary,
  Though tears no longer flow;
My eyes are tired of weeping,
  My heart is sick of woe;

My life is very lonely,
  My days pass heavily,
I'm wearing of repining,
  Wilt thou not come to me?

Oh, didst thou know my longings
  For thee, from day to day,
My hopes, so often blighted,
  Thou wouldst not thus delay!

ACTON.

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

Notes:

The manuscript version of this poem is titled "Lines Written at Thorp Green". It is dated August 28th, 1840, within a few months of Anne's arrival there as a governess. There are minor differences in spelling and punctuation.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom