A Celebration of Women Writers

[Title Page]










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