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An Answer by Ada Cambridge

An Answer by Ada Cambridge

Thy love I am. Thy wife I cannot be,To wear the yoke of servitude — to takeStrange, unknown fetters that I cannot breakOn soul and flesh that should be mine, and free.Better the ...

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An Old Maid’s Lament by Ada Cambridge

An Old Maid’s Lament by Ada Cambridge

1.Every wild she- bird has nest and mate in the warm April weather,But a captive woman, made for love — nor nest, nor mate has she.In the spring of young desire, young men and ...

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Despair by Ada Cambridge

Despair by Ada Cambridge

Alone! Alone! No beacon, far or near! No chart, no compass, and no anchor stay! Like melting fog the mirage melts away In all-surrounding darkness, void and clear. Drifting, ...

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All-Saints’ Day (1868) by Ada Cambridge

All-Saints’ Day (1868) by Ada Cambridge

Never to weary more, nor suffer sorrow,—Their strife all over, and their work all done:At peace—and only waiting for the morrow;Heaven's rest and rapture even now begun.So tired ...

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By A Norfolk Broad by Ada Cambridge

By A Norfolk Broad by Ada Cambridge

One hour ago the crimson sun, that seemed so long a-drowning, sank.The summer day is all but done. Our boat is moored beneath the bank.I bask in peace, content, replete — my ...

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Autumn by Ada Cambridge

Autumn by Ada Cambridge

So still—so still! Only the endless sighingOf sad Æolian harp-notes overhead;Only the soft mass-music for the dying;Only the requiem for the newly dead!So strangely dim!—the grey ...

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The Crown Of Thorns by Ada Cambridge

The Crown Of Thorns by Ada Cambridge

“And unto Adam He said . . . . cursed is the ground for thy sake. Thorns . .. . shall it bring forth.”“And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on His head.”In ...

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An Anniversary by Ada Cambridge

An Anniversary by Ada Cambridge

I.AS flower to sun its drop of dewGives from its crystal cup,So I, as morning gift to you,This poor verse offer up.II.As flowers upon the summer windTheir air-born odours ...

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The Old Manor House by Ada Cambridge

The Old Manor House by Ada Cambridge

AN old house, crumbling half away, all barnacled and lichen-grown,Of saddest, mellowest, softest grey,—with a grand history of its own—Grand with the work and strife and tears of ...

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A Story At Dusk by Ada Cambridge

A Story At Dusk by Ada Cambridge

An evening all aglow with summer lightAnd autumn colour—fairest of the year.The wheat-fields, crowned with shocks of tawny gold,All interspersed with rough sowthistle roots,And ...

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Honour by Ada Cambridge

Honour by Ada Cambridge

Me let the world disparage and despise -- As one unfettered with its gilded chains, As one untempted by its sordid gains, Its pleasant vice, its profitable lies; Let ...

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Peace by Ada Cambridge

Peace by Ada Cambridge

The red-rose flush fades slowly in the west.The golden water, basking in the light,Pales to clear amber and to silver white.The velvet shadow of a flame-crowned crestLies dark and ...

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All-Saints’ Day (1867) by Ada Cambridge

All-Saints’ Day (1867) by Ada Cambridge

Blessed are they whose baby-souls are bright,Whose brows are sealèd with the cross of light,Whom God Himself has deign'd to robe in white—Blessed are they!Blessed are they who ...

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A Lesson by Ada Cambridge

A Lesson by Ada Cambridge

1.I know now why the world was sad,With so much good to make it glad;Why all things loveliest and bestHave stirred vague sorrows in my breast,And sweetest days that life has ...

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Awake by Ada Cambridge

Awake by Ada Cambridge

Calm as that moonbeam on the wall,Sleep broods on baby's eyes;Arms, hush'd and still, but pulsing quick,Enfold him as he lies;My brain is full of thronging thoughts,Strange ...

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The Dawn Of God’s Sabbath by Ada Cambridge

The Dawn Of God’s Sabbath by Ada Cambridge

The dawn of God’s dear SabbathBreaks o’er the earth again,As some sweet summer morningAfter a night of pain;It comes as cooling showersTo some exhausted land,As shade of clustered ...

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A Street Riot by Ada Cambridge

A Street Riot by Ada Cambridge

Poor, hapless souls! at whom we stand aghast,As at invading armies sweeping by —As strange to haggard face and desperate cry —Did we not know the worm must turn at last?Poor, ...

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A Sigh In The Night by Ada Cambridge

A Sigh In The Night by Ada Cambridge

O sweet darkness, still, and calm, and lonely!Spread thy downy pinions round about.Spare me from thy hidden riches onlyOne dream-face; blot all the others out.Bring him now, for ...

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At Long Last by Ada Cambridge

At Long Last by Ada Cambridge

Late, late the prize is drawn, the goal attained,The Heart's Desire fulfilled, Love's guerdon gained.Wealth's use is past, Fame's crown of laurel mocksThe downward-drooping head ...

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An Old Doll by Ada Cambridge

An Old Doll by Ada Cambridge

Low on her little stool she sitsTo make a nursing lap,And cares for nothing but the formHer little arms enwrap.With hairless skull that gapes apart,A broken plaster ball,One ...

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At Liberty by Ada Cambridge

At Liberty by Ada Cambridge

1.No sight to me like sight of ships.No wine to me like salt- spray thrownBy morning breezes on my lips;No music sweeter than the moanOf solemn surges landward blown.O world ...

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The Dawn by Ada Cambridge

The Dawn by Ada Cambridge

All the wild waves rock'd in shadow,And the world was dim and grey,Dark and silent, hush'd and breathless,Waiting calmly for the day.And the golden light came stealingO'er the ...

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Afar Off by Ada Cambridge

Afar Off by Ada Cambridge

1.Is it a will o' the wisp, or is dawn breaking,That our horizon wears so strange a hue?Is it but one more dream, or are we wakingTo find at last that dreams are coming true?2.Far ...

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Advent Hymn by Ada Cambridge

Advent Hymn by Ada Cambridge

Another mile—a yearPass'd by for ever! And the warnings swellFrom upper heaven to darkest depths of hell,—O we are drawing near!All through the waiting landsDim signs and tokens, ...

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A Prayer by Ada Cambridge

A Prayer by Ada Cambridge

Spirit and Breath of Life, whate'er Thy name!Bear with Thy creature, Man,That makes his dwelling-place a blot of shameUpon the Ordered Plan.Not Thy hand, O Divine Designer, ...

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By The Camp Fire by Ada Cambridge

By The Camp Fire by Ada Cambridge

Ah, 'twas but now I saw the sun flush pink on yonder placid tide;The purple hill-tops, one by one, were strangely lit and glorified;And yet how sweet the night has grown, with ...

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Profit And Loss by Ada Cambridge

Profit And Loss by Ada Cambridge

Each day a new sword flashes in the van;Another leader, brave to do or die,Comes forth, full- furnished for the strife wherebyHe gains his growth and stature as a man.Each day our ...

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Mates by Ada Cambridge

Mates by Ada Cambridge

It boots not to retrace the pathTo ages dim and hoar,When Man, at the domestic hearth,First learned the art of war,And - since in battle one must fall -Held his defeated spouse in ...

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Vows by Ada Cambridge

Vows by Ada Cambridge

Nay, ask me not. I would not dare pretendTo constant passion and a life-long trust.They will desert thee, if indeed they must.How can we guess what Destiny will send -Smiles of ...

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The Mob by Ada Cambridge

The Mob by Ada Cambridge

Why stand dumbfounded and aghast,As at invading armies sweeping by,Surprised by haggard face and threatening cry,The storm unheralded, that rose so fast?Men, with gaunt wives and ...

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Aunt Dorothy’s Lecture by Ada Cambridge

Aunt Dorothy’s Lecture by Ada Cambridge

Come, go and practise—get your work—Do something, Nelly, pray.I hate to see you moon aboutIn this uncertain way!Why do you look so vacant, child?I fear you must be ill.Surely you ...

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Learn by Ada Cambridge

Learn by Ada Cambridge

Learn, learn, learn,—Our beautiful world is not a field for sheep;Not just a place wherein to laugh and weep,To eat and drink, to dance and sigh and sleep,And then to moulder into ...

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Mirage by Ada Cambridge

Mirage by Ada Cambridge

Is it a will-o'-the-wisp, or is dawn breaking,That our horizon wears so strange a hue?Is it but one more dream, or are we wakingTo find that dreams, at last, are coming true?Aye, ...

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Possibilities by Ada Cambridge

Possibilities by Ada Cambridge

There are who fear the loosing of the knotThat ties our labouring brother to the oar.Release him, say they, and he will not soar;Full- fed and idle, he will fall and rot.Give him ...

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To-Morrow by Ada Cambridge

To-Morrow by Ada Cambridge

The lighthouse shines across the sea;The homing fieldfares sing for glee:'Behold the shore!'Alas for shattered wing and breast!The lighthouse breakers make their nest,And hedges ...

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The Baptistry by Ada Cambridge

The Baptistry by Ada Cambridge

One winter eve, at twilight, when the soundOf sorrowful winds scarce troubled Nature's rest,As she lay sleeping, with her hair unbound,Holding her grey robe to her shivering ...

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Craven-Heart by Ada Cambridge

Craven-Heart by Ada Cambridge

Those anguished voices in the air!Oh, I could shriek and tear my hairIn rage, rebellion and despair.But what is one, amid a throngSo vast and merciless and strong,To make attempt ...

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Listening by Ada Cambridge

Listening by Ada Cambridge

1.When earth's winter barenessFeels the April rain,All her summer fairnessComes to life again.So my spirit quickens to that magic strain.2.Fancy, warmed and brightened,Spreads her ...

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Recollection by Ada Cambridge

Recollection by Ada Cambridge

Awawe-worn boulder, with green sea-moss wrappingA silken mantle o'er its jagged sides;And silvery, seething waters softly lappingThrough gulfs and channels hollow'd by the tides:A ...

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The Soldier’s Grave by Ada Cambridge

The Soldier’s Grave by Ada Cambridge

Twas long ago, in the summer-time,On a day as sad as this,That I laid my babe in its father's arms,And he gave it his farewell kiss;When the army sail'd from the English shoresIn ...

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A Sermon by Ada Cambridge

A Sermon by Ada Cambridge

Midsummer, 1867.We have heard many sermons, you and I,And many more may hear,When sitting quiet in cathedral nave,With folded palms and faces meek and grave;—But few like this ...

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I Dare Not by Ada Cambridge

I Dare Not by Ada Cambridge

1.I hear strange voices in the air.My pulses leap, I tear my hairIn rage, rebellion, and despair;Yet dare not speak.2.I am for right, my foes for wrong,But they are legion, they ...

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A Promise by Ada Cambridge

A Promise by Ada Cambridge

1.Should'st thou, in grip of dread disease,Foresee the day when thou must die,With no more hope of life or ease,But only, lingering, to lieWhile torturing hours go slowly by;Thy ...

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The Magic Wand by Ada Cambridge

The Magic Wand by Ada Cambridge

As an April gardenBreathes the scent of rain -Rain that calls her treasuresBack to life again -So my spirit quickens to the opening strain.In its sheath of darknessFancy's folded ...

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Outcast by Ada Cambridge

Outcast by Ada Cambridge

Perchance for dear Life's sake - and life is sweet -When work had failed and roads were deep in snow,And this meant food and fire, she fell so low -That painted creature of the ...

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Responsibility by Ada Cambridge

Responsibility by Ada Cambridge

Why are our ideals hid from hostile eyesAs boys in school hide toys from master's view?Let them be real as we believe them true —Real as our chartered laws and liberties.All ...

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The Legend Of Lady Gertrude by Ada Cambridge

The Legend Of Lady Gertrude by Ada Cambridge

I.Fallen the lofty halls, where vassal crowdsDrank in the dawn of Gertrude's natal day.The dungeon roof an Alpine snow-wreath shrouds,The strong, wild eagle's eyrie in the ...

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A Dream Of Venice by Ada Cambridge

A Dream Of Venice by Ada Cambridge

NUMB, half asleep, and dazed with whirl of wheels,And gasp of steam, and measured clank of chains,I heard a blithe voice break a sudden pause,Ringing familiarly through the ...

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Holy Communion by Ada Cambridge

Holy Communion by Ada Cambridge

Father, for Jesus' sake,Low at the footstool of Thy throne, I prayThat Thou, into Thine arms of love, to-dayMy trembling soul wilt take.Thine eyes can see, I know,How many a dark ...

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The Virgin Martyr by Ada Cambridge

The Virgin Martyr by Ada Cambridge

Every wild she-bird has nest and mate in the warm April weather, But a captive woman, made for love -- no mate, no nest has she. In the spring of young desire, young men and maids ...

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