Thursday, 30 July 2009

Happy 191st Birthday, Emily Bronte.

The author of Wuthering Heights turns 191 today. I wonder how she would have celebrated her birthday back then. Anyone a history buff here? I also wonder what she would have thought of how she is regarded as a figure of English literature today. Bronteblog are celebrating her birthday online here if you want to check it out.

by Emily Bronte

HOPE Was but a timid friend;
She sat without the grated den,
Watching how my fate would tend,
Even as selfish-hearted men.

She was cruel in her fear;
Through the bars one dreary day,
I looked out to see her there,
And she turned her face away!

Like a false guard, false watch keeping,
Still, in strife, she whispered peace;
She would sing while I was weeping;
If I listened, she would cease.

False she was, and unrelenting;
When my last joys strewed the ground,
Even Sorrow saw, repenting,
Those sad relics scattered round;

Hope, whose whisper would have given
Balm to all my frenzied pain,
Stretched her wings, and soared to heaven,
Went, and ne'er returned again!