Collection of poems : autograph manuscript signed : [Haworth]
The Henry Houston Bonnell Brontë Collection. Bequest of Helen Safford Bonnell, 1969
“Lines Written at Thorp Green” (pp. 21–23)
Composed 19 August 1841, when Brontë was twenty-one and working as a governess at Thorp Green Hall, near York. First published in Poems (1902), pp. 204–205, with incorrect title “Lines Written at Thays Green.” Poem 16 in Chitham (1979). Note that Brontë wrote another poem with the same title (see Chitham 11).
And this soft whispering breeze that now,
So gently cools my fevered brow,
This too Alas! Must turn –
To a wild blast whose icy dart,
Pierces and chills me to the heart
Before I cease to mourn.
And these bright flowers I love so well
Ve[r]bina – Rose, and sweet bluebell
Must droop and die away,
Those thick green leaves with all their shade
And rustling musick they must fade
And every one decay.
But if the sunny Summer time
And woods and meadows in their prime
Are seet sweet to them that roam –