"The Parting", p. 6

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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 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).


He smiling took her wary hand,
And said “No longer here I stand.
My charger shakes his flowing mane
And calls me with impatient neigh
Adieu then till we meet again,
Sweet love I must no longer stay.”

“You must not go so soon,” she said
“I will not say fare well,
The sun has not dispelled the shade
    In yonder dewey dell;
Dark shadows of gigantic length,
    Are sleeping on the lawn;
And scarcely have the birds begun,
    To hail the summer morn;
Then stay with me a little while.”
She said with soft and sunny smile.

He smiled again, and did not speak,
But lightly kissed her rosey cheek,
And fondly clasped her in his arms,
Then vaulted on his steed.

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