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    Death

    by Emily Bronte
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    Published in the 1846 collection Poems By Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell under Emily's nom de plume 'Ellis Bell'.

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    Death! that struck when I was most confiding.
    In my certain faith of joy to be--
    Strike again, Time's withered branch dividing
    From the fresh root of Eternity!

    Leaves, upon Time's branch, were growing brightly,
    Full of sap, and full of silver dew;
    Birds beneath its shelter gathered nightly;
    Daily round its flowers the wild bees flew.

    Sorrow passed, and plucked the golden blossom;
    Guilt stripped off the foliage in its pride
    But, within its parent's kindly bosom,
    Flowed for ever Life's restoring tide.

    Little mourned I for the parted gladness,
    For the vacant nest and silent song--
    Hope was there, and laughed me out of sadness;
    Whispering, "Winter will not linger long!"

    And, behold! with tenfold increase blessing,
    Spring adorned the beauty-burdened spray;
    Wind and rain and fervent heat, caressing,
    Lavished glory on that second May!

    High it rose--no winged grief could sweep it;
    Sin was scared to distance with its shine;
    Love, and its own life, had power to keep it
    From all wrong--from every blight but thine!

    Cruel Death! The young leaves droop and languish;
    Evening's gentle air may still restore--
    No! the morning sunshine mocks my anguish-
    Time, for me, must never blossom more!

    Strike it down, that other boughs may flourish
    Where that perished sapling used to be;
    Thus, at least, its mouldering corpse will nourish
    That from which it sprung--Eternity.
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