Collection of poems : autograph manuscript signed : [Haworth]
The Henry Houston Bonnell Brontë Collection. Bequest of Helen Safford Bonnell, 1969
“The Captive’s Dream” (pp. 3–5)
Composed 24 January 1838, a few days after Brontë’s eighteenth birthday. Written in the voice of Alexandrina Zenobia. First published in Poems (1902), pp. 185–86. Published in The Complete Poems of Anne Brontë (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1920) with the incorrect title “A Captain’s Dream.” Poem 4 in Chitham (1979); pp. 454–55 in Alexander (2010).
“The Parting” (pp. 5–8)
Composed 9 July 1838, when Brontë was eighteen. Written in the voice of Alexandrina Zenobia. First published in Poems (1902), pp. 189–91. Poem 6 in Chitham (1979); pp. 457–59 in Alexander (2010).
A dream? Alas it was reality!
For well I know where ever he may be
He mourns me thus – O Heaven I could bear
My deadly fate with calmness if there were
No kindred hearts to bleed and break for me!
27 lines Anne Brontë written Jan 24 1838
The parting —
The chesnut steed stood by the gate,
His noble master[’]s will to wait,
The woody park so green and bright,
Was glowing in the morning light,
The young leaves of the aspen trees
Were dancing in the morning breeze.
The palace door was open wide,
Its lord was standing there,
And his sweet lady by his side,
With soft dark eyes and raven hair,