A Celebration of Women Writers


[Title Page]

POEMS

BY

CURRER, ELLIS, AND ACTON

BELL

LONDON:

AYLOTT AND JONES, 8, PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1846.


[Page]

CONTENTS

Pilate's Wife's Dream .... 1
Faith and Despondency .... 8
A Reminiscence .... 10
Mementos .... 11
Stars .... 21
The Philosopher .... 23
The Arbour .... 26
Home .... 27
The Wife's Will .... 28
Remembrance .... 31
Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas .... 33
The Wood .... 35
A Death Scene .... 40
Song .... 43
The Penitent .... 44
Music on Christmas Morning .... 45
Frances .... 46
Anticipation .... 56
Stanzas .... 59
Gilbert .... 60
The Prisoner .... 76
If this be all .... 80
Life .... 81
Hope .... 82
Memory .... 83

[Page iv]

The Letter .... 86
A Day-Dream .... 89
To Cowper .... 92
Regret .... 94
To Imagination .... 96
The Doubter's Prayer .... 97
Presentiment .... 100
How clear she shines .... 103
A Word to the Elect .... 104
The Teacher's Monologue .... 107
Sympathy .... 110
Past Days .... 111
Passion .... 112
Preference .... 115
Plead for Me .... 118
The Consolation .... 120
Evening Solace .... 121
Self-Interrogation .... 123
Lines composed in a Wood on a Windy Day .... 125
Stanzas .... 126
Death .... 128
Views of Life .... 129
Parting .... 137
Stanzas to .... 138
Appeal .... 140
Honour's Martyr .... 148
The Student's Life .... 140
Apostasy .... 145
Stanzas .... 148
The Captive Dove .... 149
Winter Stores .... 151
My Comforter .... 153
Self-Congratulation .... 155
The Missionary .... 157
The Old Stoic .... 163
Fluctuations .... 164

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom

Provenance of the Text.

The Poems of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell were originally published by Aylott & Jones of London, in 1846, at the authors' expense. Unsold copies of the first edition were bought, re-covered and re-released by Smith, Elder, in 1848, with a new title page.

The title page, table of contents, and poems of the on-line edition are reproduced from the 1846 edition. Icons have been added to the Table of Contents to identify the author of each poem:
Anne Brontë
Charlotte Brontë
Emily Brontë

Capitalization, spelling, and diacriticals from the original text have been reproduced. The beginning of each page is noted as [Page xx]. Errata which were listed on a frontpage of the original edition are included here on the appropriate pages. Any accompanying notes have been added by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, and are not part of the original text. To see a sample of the original copytext, view this scanned Sample Page.

For those not familiar with the Brontë sisters' poetry, it should be noted that many of their poems were written in the context of the shared worlds of Gondal and Angria. Other poems were personal and biographical. In selecting and editing their poems for publication, the Bronte sisters deleted and revised references to their imaginary countries. The versions of the poems that were printed, and their titles, differ considerably in some cases from the original manuscript forms.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom