Warning and Reply

Emily Jane Brontë 1818 (Thornton) – 1848 (Haworth)

In the earth—the earth—thou shalt be laid,
  A grey stone standing over thee;
Black mould beneath thee spread,
  And black mould to cover thee.

'Well—there is rest there,
  So fast come thy prophecy;
The time when my sunny hair
  Shall with grass roots entwined be.'

But cold—cold is that resting-place,
  Shut out from joy and liberty,
And all who loved thy living face
  Will shrink from it shudderingly,

'Not so. Here the world is chill,
  And sworn friends fall from me:
But there—they will own me still,
  And prize my memory.'

Farewell, then, all that love,
  All that deep sympathy:
Sleep on: Heaven laughs above,
  Earth never misses thee.

Turf-sod and tombstone drear
  Part human company;
One heart breaks only—here,
  But that heart was worthy thee!

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Emily Jane Brontë

Emily Jane Brontë was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. She also published one book of poetry with her sisters Charlotte and Anne titled Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell with her own poems finding regard as poetic genius. Emily was the third-eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother Branwell. She published under the pen name Ellis Bell. more…

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