On the Death of Anne Brontë

Original Text: 
Charlotte Brontë, The Complete Poems of Charlotte Brontë, ed. Clement Shorter, collected by C. W. Hatfield (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1923). PR 4165 A5S5 1923 Robarts Library
1THERE 's little joy in life for me,
2    And little terror in the grave ;
3I 've lived the parting hour to see
4    Of one I would have died to save.
5Calmly to watch the failing breath,
6    Wishing each sigh might be the last ;
7Longing to see the shade of death
8    O'er those belovèd features cast.
9The cloud, the stillness that must part
10    The darling of my life from me ;
11And then to thank God from my heart,
12    To thank Him well and fervently ;
13Although I knew that we had lost
14    The hope and glory of our life ;
15And now, benighted, tempest-tossed,
16    Must bear alone the weary strife.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1996-2000.