A Celebration of Women Writers

"Stanzas." by Emily Jane Brontë (1818-1848)

First Publication: Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell London: Aylott and Jones, 8, Paternoster Row, 1846. pp. 148-149.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


I'LL not weep that thou art going to leave me,
  There's nothing lovely here;
And doubly will the dark world grieve me,
  While thy heart suffers there.

[Page 149]

I'll not weep, because the summer's glory
  Must always end in gloom;
And, follow out the happiest story
  It closes with a tomb !

And I am weary of the anguish
  Increasing winters bear;
Weary to watch the spirit languish
  Through years of dead despair.

So, if a tear, when thou art dying,
  Should haply fall from me,
It is but that my soul is sighing,
  To go and rest with thee.



Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom