"An Orphan’s Lament", p. 19

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

“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).


And thrice stern winter’s icy hand
Has checked the river[’]s flow,
And three times o’er the mountains thrown
His spotless robe of snow.

Two Summers Springs and Autumns sad
Three Winters cold and gray –
And is it then so long ago,
That wild November day!

They say such tears as children weep,
Will soon be dried away,
That childish grief however strong
Is only for a day.

And parted friends how dear soe’er
Will soon forgotten be;
It may be so with other hearts
It is not thus with me.

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