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Absence by Frances Anne Kemble

Absence by Frances Anne Kemble

What shall I do with all the days and hoursThat must be counted ere I see thy face?How shall I charm the interval that lowersBetween this time and that sweet time of grace?Shall ...

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An Evening Song by Frances Anne Kemble

An Evening Song by Frances Anne Kemble

Good night, love!May heaven's brightest stars watch over thee!Good angels spread their wings, and cover thee,And through the night,So dark and still,Spirits of lightCharm thee ...

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Parting by Frances Anne Kemble

Parting by Frances Anne Kemble

The golden hinges of the year have turned—Spring, and the summer, and the harvest timeHave come, and gone, and on the threshold standsThe withered Winter, stretching forth his ...

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A Wish (Iii) by Frances Anne Kemble

A Wish (Iii) by Frances Anne Kemble

Oh that I were a fairy sprite, to wanderIn forest paths, o'erarched with oak and beech,Where the sun's yellow light, in slanting rays,Sleeps on the dewy moss: what time the ...

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A Wish (Ii) by Frances Anne Kemble

A Wish (Ii) by Frances Anne Kemble

Let me not die for ever! when I'm laidIn the cold earth, but let my memoryLive still among ye, like the evening shade,That o'er the sinking day steals placidly.Let me not be ...

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A Farewell by Frances Anne Kemble

A Farewell by Frances Anne Kemble

WRITTEN AT OATLANDS.I SHALL come no more to the Cedar Hall,The fairies' palace, beside the stream,Where the yellow sun-rays at morning fallThrough their tresses dark, with a ...

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A Room In The Villa Taverna by Frances Anne Kemble

A Room In The Villa Taverna by Frances Anne Kemble

Three windows cheerfully poured in the light:One from the east, where o'er the Sabine hillsThe sun first rose on the great Roman plain,And shining o'er the garden, with its ...

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A Picture by Frances Anne Kemble

A Picture by Frances Anne Kemble

Through the half-open'd casement stream'd the lightOf the departing sun. The golden hazeOf the red western sky fell warm and brightInto that chamber large and lone: the ...

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Lines Written At Belvoir Castle, 1883 by Frances Anne Kemble

Lines Written At Belvoir Castle, 1883 by Frances Anne Kemble

Two things remain unalter'd in this place,Tho' since I came here forty years are told—The smiling loveliness of Nature's face,And the fine spirit of kindly, courteous grace,That ...

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A Retrospect by Frances Anne Kemble

A Retrospect by Frances Anne Kemble

Life wanes, and the bright sunlight of our youthSets o'er the mountain-tops, where once Hope stood.O Innocence! O Trustfulness! O Truth!Where are ye all, white-handed ...

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A Summons by Frances Anne Kemble

A Summons by Frances Anne Kemble

THE FIRST SNOW MOUNTAIN SEEN FROM A SUNNY HILL-SIDE, NEAR ROCCA PRIORI, IN THE AUTUMN OF 1846Look, love, to yonder mountain's brow:Seest thou that beckoning hand of snow?Stern ...

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A Vision Of The Vatican by Frances Anne Kemble

A Vision Of The Vatican by Frances Anne Kemble

In the great palace halls, where dwell the gods,I heard a voice filling the vaulted roof,The heart that uttered it seemed sorrow-proof,And, clarion-like, it might have made the ...

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A Lament For The Wissahiccon by Frances Anne Kemble

A Lament For The Wissahiccon by Frances Anne Kemble

The waterfall is calling meWith its merry gleesome flow,And the green boughs are beckoning me,To where the wild flowers grow:I may not go, I may not go,To where the sunny waters ...

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A Wish (I) by Frances Anne Kemble

A Wish (I) by Frances Anne Kemble

Let me not die for ever! when I'm goneTo the cold earth, but let my memoryLive like the gorgeous western light that shoneOver the clouds where sank day's majesty.Let me not be ...

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A Noonday Vision by Frances Anne Kemble

A Noonday Vision by Frances Anne Kemble

I saw one whom I love more than my lifeStand on a perilous edge of slippery rock,Under her feet the waters' furious strife,And all around the thunder of their shock,She stood ...

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A Rejected Lover To His Mistress (I) by Frances Anne Kemble

A Rejected Lover To His Mistress (I) by Frances Anne Kemble

Knowest thou not that of all human giftsGod chooses love?—alone, that may be laidUpon His altar, who hath all things made,And find acceptance:—to the hand that liftsThat ...

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An Answer by Frances Anne Kemble

An Answer by Frances Anne Kemble

Could I be sure that I should dieThe moment you had ceased to love me,I would not turn so fearfullyFrom those fond vows with which you move me.Could I be sure, when passion's ...

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A Promise. by Frances Anne Kemble

A Promise. by Frances Anne Kemble

By the pure spring, whose haunted waters flowThrough thy sequestered dell unto the sea,At sunny noon, I will appear to thee:Not troubling the still fount with drops of woe,As ...

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Translation From Alfred De Musset’s Ode To Malibran by Frances Anne Kemble

Translation From Alfred De Musset’s Ode To Malibran by Frances Anne Kemble

O Maria Felicia! the Painter and Bard,Behind them in dying leave undying heirs,The night of oblivion their memory spares,And their great eager souls, other action ...

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An Entreaty by Frances Anne Kemble

An Entreaty by Frances Anne Kemble

Once more, once more into the sunny fieldsOh, let me stray!And drink the joy that young existence yieldsOn a bright, cloudless day.Once more let me behold the summer sky,With ...

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An Invitation by Frances Anne Kemble

An Invitation by Frances Anne Kemble

Come where the white waves dance along the shoreOf some lone isle, lost in the unknown seas,Whose golden sands by mortal foot beforeWere never printed,—where the fragrant ...

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An Apology by Frances Anne Kemble

An Apology by Frances Anne Kemble

Blame not my tears, love, to you has been given The brightest, best gift, God to mortals allows, The sunlight of hope on your heart shines from Heaven, And shines from your ...

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On A Music Box by Frances Anne Kemble

On A Music Box by Frances Anne Kemble

Poor little sprite! in that dark, narrow cellCaged by the law of man's resistless might!With thy sweet, liquid notes, by some strong spell,Compelled to minister to his ...

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To The Picture Of A Lady by Frances Anne Kemble

To The Picture Of A Lady by Frances Anne Kemble

Lady, sweet lady, I behold thee yet,With thy pale brow, brown eyes, and solemn air,And billowy tresses of thy golden hair,Which once to see, is never to forget!But for short ...

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Written After Spending A Day At West Point by Frances Anne Kemble

Written After Spending A Day At West Point by Frances Anne Kemble

Were they but dreams? Upon the darkening world Evening comes down, the wings of fire are furled, On which the day soared to the sunny west: The moon sits calmly like a soul at ...

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A Rejected Lover To His Mistress (Ii) by Frances Anne Kemble

A Rejected Lover To His Mistress (Ii) by Frances Anne Kemble

The love that was too poor to purchase youIs rich enough to buy each noble thing,That may be reached on the untiring wingOf patient, strong pursuit, all that is true,Honest, and ...

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Translation From Victor Hugo by Frances Anne Kemble

Translation From Victor Hugo by Frances Anne Kemble

Thou art like the bird that alights and singsThough the frail spray bends—for he knows he has wings.

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A Petition by Frances Anne Kemble

A Petition by Frances Anne Kemble

Lady, whom my beloved loves so well!When on his clasping arm thy head reclineth,When on thy lips his ardent kisses dwell,And the bright flood of burning light that shinethIn his ...

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Sicilian Song by Frances Anne Kemble

Sicilian Song by Frances Anne Kemble

I planted in my heart one seed of love,Water'd with tears and watch'd with sleepless care.It grew—and when I look'd that it should proveA gracious tree—and blessed harvests ...

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Away, Away! Bear Me Away, Away, by Frances Anne Kemble

Away, Away! Bear Me Away, Away, by Frances Anne Kemble

Away, away! bear me away, away,Into the boundless void, thou mighty wind!That rushest on thy midnight way,And leav'st this weary world, far, far behind!Away, away! bear me away, ...

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On A Forget-Me-Not by Frances Anne Kemble

On A Forget-Me-Not by Frances Anne Kemble

BROUGHT FROM SWITZERLAND.Flower of the mountain! by the wanderer's handRobbed of thy beauty's short-lived sunny day,Didst thou but blow to gem the stranger's way,And bloom, to ...

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Dream-Land (I) by Frances Anne Kemble

Dream-Land (I) by Frances Anne Kemble

All the night long you come to me in dreams,My lady dear! Ah, wherefore do you so?Surely it is because you do not knowWhat tender mercy from your sweet face streamsWhen thus you ...

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Past Hours by Frances Anne Kemble

Past Hours by Frances Anne Kemble

Two angels have them in eternal keeping.He that beside the deep vaults of the pastStands to receive the treasures, that with weepingAnd lamentation into them men cast,Forgetting ...

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Woman’s Love by Frances Anne Kemble

Woman’s Love by Frances Anne Kemble

A maiden meek, with solemn, steadfast eyes,Full of eternal constancy and faith,And smiling lips, through whose soft portal sighsTruth's holy voice, with every balmy breath,So ...

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Written In A Diary by Frances Anne Kemble

Written In A Diary by Frances Anne Kemble

They who go down to the relentless deep,After long horrible death of cold and droughtEre the last spark of flickering life goes out,Give to the bitter waves that o'er them ...

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A Spirit’s Voice by Frances Anne Kemble

A Spirit’s Voice by Frances Anne Kemble

It is the dawn! the rosy day awakes,From her bright hair pale showers of dew she shakes,And through the heavens her early pathway takes,Why art thou sleeping!It is the noon! the ...

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A Lover To His Mistress by Frances Anne Kemble

A Lover To His Mistress by Frances Anne Kemble

Oh make not light of love, my lady dear,For, from that sweetest source doth ever flowAll that is likest heaven on earth below.Ill it beseems who worthiest love appear,To scoff ...

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To My Sister by Frances Anne Kemble

To My Sister by Frances Anne Kemble

IN MARCH 1865A double worship hath the spring, my dear,Triumph, and joy, and sweetness more than wont,For, standing on the threshold of the year,Your life's star shines, full in ...

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Farewell To Italy by Frances Anne Kemble

Farewell To Italy by Frances Anne Kemble

Farewell awhile, beautiful Italy!My lonely bark is launched upon the seaThat clasps thy shore, and the soft evening galeBreathes from thy coast, and fills my parting sail.Ere ...

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An Invocation by Frances Anne Kemble

An Invocation by Frances Anne Kemble

Spirit, bright spirit! from thy narrow cellAnswer me! answer me! oh, let me hearThy voice, and know that thou indeed art near!That from the bonds in which thou'rt forced to ...

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A German Legend by Frances Anne Kemble

A German Legend by Frances Anne Kemble

Round thy steep castle walls,Who seeks thy love must ride,Who from their dizzy summit falls,Must death abide.O Lady proud and fair,'Tis not too much,Gladly that death I dareThy ...

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Morning By The Seaside by Frances Anne Kemble

Morning By The Seaside by Frances Anne Kemble

With these two kisses on thine eyesI melt thy sleep away—arise!For look, my love, Phœbus his golden handHath laid upon the white mane of the sea,And springing from the fresh ...

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Written At Trenton Falls by Frances Anne Kemble

Written At Trenton Falls by Frances Anne Kemble

Come down! from where the everlasting hillsOpen their rocky gates to let thee pass,Child of a thousand rapid running rills,And still lakes, where the skies their beauty ...

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Say Thou Not Sadly, Never And No More by Frances Anne Kemble

Say Thou Not Sadly, Never And No More by Frances Anne Kemble

Say thou not sadly, 'never,' and 'no more,'But from thy lips banish those falsest words,While life remains that which was thine beforeAgain may be thine, in Time's storehouse ...

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Are They Indeed The Bitterest Tears We Shed by Frances Anne Kemble

Are They Indeed The Bitterest Tears We Shed by Frances Anne Kemble

Are they indeed the bitterest tears we shedThose we let fall over the silent dead?Can our thoughts image forth no darker doom,Than that which wraps us in the peaceful tomb?Whom ...

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Waking by Frances Anne Kemble

Waking by Frances Anne Kemble

Before my senses or my soul awake,Sorrow begins to stir within my heart,Keen anguish dawns before the day doth break,Ere fluttering birds chirp faintly towards the east,A ...

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Written On Cramond Beach by Frances Anne Kemble

Written On Cramond Beach by Frances Anne Kemble

Farewell, old playmate! on thy sandy shoreMy lingering feet will leave their print no more,To thy loved side I never may return.I pray thee, old companion, make due mournFor the ...

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To Shakespeare (I) by Frances Anne Kemble

To Shakespeare (I) by Frances Anne Kemble

If from the height of that celestial sphereWhere now thou dwell'st, spirit powerful and sweet!Thou yet canst love the race that sojourn here,How must thou joy, with pleasure not ...

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Sonnet. Though Thou Return Unto The Former Things, by Frances Anne Kemble

Sonnet. Though Thou Return Unto The Former Things, by Frances Anne Kemble

Though thou return unto the former things,Fields, woods, and gardens, where thy feet have strayedIn other days, and not a bough, branch, bladeOf tree, or meadow, but the same ...

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The Fall Of Richmond by Frances Anne Kemble

The Fall Of Richmond by Frances Anne Kemble

Roll not a drum—send not a clarion noteOf haughty triumph to the silent sky!Hush'd be the shout of joy in ev'ry throat,And veil'd the flash of pride in ev'ry eye.Not with Te ...

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