"An Orphan’s Lament", p. 18

Anne Brontë

Collection of poems : autograph manuscript signed : [Haworth]

1838 Jan. 24-1841 Aug. 19

The Henry Houston Bonnell Brontë Collection. Bequest of Helen Safford Bonnell, 1969

MA 2696.5

“The Bluebell” (pp. 15–18)

Composed 22 August 1840, when Brontë was twenty. First published in Poems (1902), pp. 198–200. Poem 10 in Chitham (1979).

“An Orphan’s Lament” (pp. 18–21)

Composed on New Year’s Day 1841, when Brontë was about to turn twenty-one. First published in Poems (1902), pp. 201–203. Poem 15 in Chitham (1979).


I had not then to spend my days mid mid icy hearts mid heartless crowds
To spend a thank[l]ess life
In seaking after others’ weal
With anxious toil and strife

“Sad wanderer weep those blissful times
That never may return!”
The lovely floweret seemed to say
And thus it made me mourn.

44 lines Anne Brontë August 22nd 1840


      An Orphan[’]s Lament

She’s gone – and twice the summer sun
Has gilt Regina’s towers,
And melted wild Angora’s snows,
And warmed Exina’s bowers,

The flowerets twice on hill and dale,
Have bloomed and died away,
And twice the rustling forest leaves
Have fallen to decay,

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