To Cowper and other poems : autograph manuscript of 9 poems, signed, 1842–1845
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1900
“To ——” (pp. 4–6)
Dated December 1842, when Brontë was twenty-two. Not included in Poems (1846); first published in Ada May Harrison and Derek Stanford, Anne Brontë: Her Life and Work (London: Methuen & Co., 1959). Poem 20 in Chitham (1979).
I will not mourn thee, lovely one,
Though thou art torn away.
They ’Tis said that if the morning sun
Arize with dazzling ray
And shed a bright and burning beam,
Athwart the glittering main,
Erre noon shall fade that laughing gleam,
Engulphed in clouds and rain;
And if thy life as transient proved
It hath been full as bright,
For thou wert hopeful and beloved,
Thy spirit knew no blight.