Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell

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Smith Elden and Company, 1846
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Page 31 - COLD in the earth — and the deep snow piled above thee, Far, far, removed, cold in the dreary grave ! Have I forgot, my only Love, to love thee, Severed at last by Time's all-severing wave...
Page 22 - All through the night, your glorious eyes Were gazing down in mine, And, with a full heart's thankful sighs, I blessed that watch divine. I was at peace, and drank your beams As they were life to me ; And revelled in my changeful dreams, Like petrel on the sea. Thought followed thought, star followed star Through boundless regions, on ; While one sweet influence, near and far, Thrilled through, and proved us one...
Page 79 - Oh, dreadful is the check — intense the agony — When the ear begins to hear, and the eye begins to see ; When the pulse begins to throb, the brain to think again, The soul to feel the flesh, and the flesh to feel the chain.
Page 78 - He comes with western winds, with evening's wandering airs, With that clear dusk of heaven that brings the thickest stars. Winds take a pensive tone, and stars a tender fire, And visions rise, and change, that kill me with desire. ' Desire for nothing known in my maturer years, When Joy grew mad with awe, at counting future tears. When, if my spirit's sky was full of flashes warm, I knew not whence they came, from sun or thunder-storm. ' But, first, a hush of peace — a soundless calm descends ;...
Page 43 - THE linnet in the rocky dells, The moor-lark in the air, The bee among the heather bells, That hide my lady fair : The wild deer browse above her breast; The wild birds raise their brood ; And they, her smiles of love caressed, Have left her solitude...
Page 76 - Aye, darkly lodged enough!" returned my sullen guide. Then, God forgive my youth ; forgive my careless tongue ; I scoffed, as the chill chains on the damp flag-stones rung: " Confined in triple walls, art thou so much to fear, That we must bind thee down and clench thy fetters here...
Page 128 - Life's restoring tide. Little mourned I for the parted gladness, For the vacant nest and silent song — Hope was there, and laughed me out of sadness ; Whispering, " Winter will not linger long...
Page 98 - Power, of earth and air! Unseen, yet seen in all around, Remote, but dwelling everywhere, Though silent, heard in every sound; If e'er thine ear in mercy bent, When wretched mortals cried to Thee, And if, indeed, Thy Son was sent, To save lost sinners such as me: Then hear me now, while kneeling here, I lift to thee my heart and eye, And all my soul ascends in prayer, OH, GIVE ME - GIVE ME FAITH! I cry. Without some glimmering in my heart, I could not raise this fervent prayer; But, oh! a stronger...
Page 154 - So stood I, in Heaven's glorious sun, And in the glare of Hell ; My spirit drank a mingled tone, Of seraph's song, and demon's moan What my soul bore, my soul alone Within itself may tell ! • 374 POEMS BY ELLIS BELL.
Page 96 - To Imagination When weary with the long day's care And earthly change from pain to pain And lost and ready to despair Thy kind voice calls me back again O my true Friend, I am not lone While thou canst speak with such a tone! So hopeless is the world without The world within I doubly prize Thy world, where guile and hate and doubt And cold suspicion never rise Where thou and I and Liberty Have undisputed sovereignty. What matters it that all around...

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