A Celebration of Women Writers

"The Graves of a Household" by Felicia Hemans (1793-1835) Records of Woman: With Other Poems. Edinburgh: William Blackwood, & London: T. Cadell, 1828, second edition. pp. 302-304.

Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom


[Page 302] 

THE GRAVES OF A HOUSEHOLD.


THEY grew in beauty, side by side,
  They fill'd one home with glee;–
Their graves are sever'd, far and wide,
  By mount, and stream, and sea.

The same fond mother bent at night
  O'er each fair sleeping brow;
She had each folded flower in sight,–
  Where are those dreamers now?

One, midst the forests of the west,
  By a dark stream is laid,–
The Indian knows his place of rest,
  Far in the cedar shade.

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The sea, the blue lone sea, hath one,
  He lies where pearls lie deep;
He was the lov'd of all, yet none
  O'er his low bed may weep.

One sleeps where southern vines are drest
  Above the noble slain:
He wrapt his colours round his breast,
  On a blood-red field of Spain.

And one–o'er her the myrtle showers
  Its leaves, by soft winds fann'd;
She faded midst Italian flowers,–
  The last of that bright band.

And parted thus they rest, who play'd
  Beneath the same green tree;
Whose voices mingled as they pray'd
  Around one parent knee!

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They that with smiles lit up the hall,
  And cheer'd with song the hearth,–
Alas! for love, if thou wert all,
  And nought beyond, oh earth!

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Editor: Mary Mark Ockerbloom