A Celebration of Women Writers

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

First Publication: Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell London: Aylott and Jones, 8, Paternoster Row, 1846. pp. 110-111.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


THERE should be no despair for you
  While nightly stars are burning;
While evening pours its silent dew
  And sunshine gilds the morning.
There should be no despairthough tears
  May flow down like a river:
Are not the best beloved of years
  Around your heart for ever ?

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They weep, you weep, it must be so;
  Winds sigh as you are sighing,
And Winter sheds his grief in snow
  Where Autumn's leaves are lying:
Yet, these revive, and from their fate
  Your fate cannot be parted:
Then, journey on, if not elate,
  Still, never broken-hearted !



Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom