Song - I wrote my name upon the sand;

I wrote my name upon the sand;
  I thought I wrote it on thine heart.
I had no touch of fear, that words,
  Such words, so graven, could depart.

The sands, thy heart, alike have lost
  The name I trusted to their care;
And passing waves, and worldly thoughts,
  Effaced what once was written there.

Woe, for the false sands! and worse woe,
  That thou art falsest of the twain!
I, yet, may write upon the sands,
  But never on thine heart, again.
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Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Letitia Elizabeth Landon was an English poet. Born 14th August 1802 at 25 Hans Place, Chelsea, she lived through the most productive period of her life nearby, at No.22. A precocious child with a natural gift for poetry, she was driven by the financial needs of her family to become a professional writer and thus a target for malicious gossip (although her three children by William Jerdan were successfully hidden from the public). In 1838, she married George Maclean, governor of Cape Coast Castle on the Gold Coast, whence she travelled, only to die a few months later (15th October) of a fatal heart condition. Behind her post-Romantic style of sentimentality lie preoccupations with art, decay and loss that give her poetry its characteristic intensity and in this vein she attempted to reinterpret some of the great male texts from a woman’s perspective. Her originality rapidly led to her being one of the most read authors of her day and her influence, commencing with Tennyson in England and Poe in America, was long-lasting. However, Victorian attitudes led to her poetry being misrepresented and she became excluded from the canon of English literature, where she belongs. more…

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