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    How Clear She Shines

    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'.


    How clear she shines! How quietly
    I lie beneath her guardian light;
    While heaven and earth are whispering me,
    "To morrow, wake, but dream to-night."
    Yes, Fancy, come, my Fairy love!
    These throbbing temples softly kiss;
    And bend my lonely couch above,
    And bring me rest, and bring me bliss.

    The world is going; dark world, adieu!
    Grim world, conceal thee till the day;
    The heart thou canst not all subdue
    Must still resist, if thou delay!

    Thy love I will not, will not share;
    Thy hatred only wakes a smile;
    Thy griefs may wound--thy wrongs may tear,
    But, oh, thy lies shall ne'er beguile!
    While gazing on the stars that glow
    Above me, in that stormless sea,
    I long to hope that all the woe
    Creation knows, is held in thee!

    And this shall be my dream to-night;
    I'll think the heaven of glorious spheres
    Is rolling on its course of light
    In endless bliss, through endless years;
    I'll think, there's not one world above,
    Far as these straining eyes can see,
    Where Wisdom ever laughed at Love,
    Or Virtue crouched to Infamy;

    Where, writhing 'neath the strokes of Fate,
    The mangled wretch was forced to smile;
    To match his patience 'gainst her hate,
    His heart rebellious all the while.
    Where Pleasure still will lead to wrong,
    And helpless Reason warn in vain;
    And Truth is weak, and Treachery strong;
    And Joy the surest path to Pain;
    And Peace, the lethargy of Grief;
    And Hope, a phantom of the soul;
    And life, a labour, void and brief;
    And Death, the despot of the whole!
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