Poems by Frances Anne Kemble

also known as: Fanny Kemble

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I shall come no more to the Cedar Hall,
The waterfall is calling me
By the pure spring, whose haunted waters flow
In the dark, lonely night,
Life wanes, and the bright sunlight of our youth
It is the dawn! the rosy day awakes;
Let me not die for ever, when I'm gone
Let me not die for ever when I'm laid
Oh! that I were a fairy sprite, to wander
What shall I do with all the days and hours
Blame not my tears, love: to you has been given
Once more, once more into the sunny fields
Good night, love!
Come where the white waves dance along the shore
Spirit, bright spirit! from thy narrow cell
'Tis only the nightingale's warbled strain,
To Y ---, with a bowl of Bohemian glass.
Better trust all, and be deceived,
Farewell awhile, beautiful Italy!
Walking by moonlight on the golden margin
It was the harvest time: the broad, bright moon
From an epistle written when the thermometer stood at 98 degrees in the shade.
Written among the ruins of the Sonnenberg.
You say you're glad I write - oh, say not so!
Where is thy home in thy promised land?
Loud wind, strong wind, where art thou blowing?
Oh, sunny Love!
Good night! from music's softest spell
Oh child! who to this evil world art come,
Oh, thou surpassing beauty! that dost live
Life is before ye - and while now ye stand
I'll tell thee why this weary world meseemeth
Struggle not with thy life! - the heavy doom
Flower of the mountain! by the wanderer's hand
Poor little sprite! in that dark, narrow cell
When the bright sun back on his yearly road
Yet once again, but once, before we sever,
The moment must come, when the hands that unite
I sing the yellow leaf,
When you mournfully rivet your tear-laden eyes,
Never, oh never more! shall I behold
Pass thy hand through my hair, lore;
'Twas but a dream! and oh! what are they all,
Oh weary, weary world! how full thou art
Cover me with your everlasting arms,
Away, away! bear me away, away,
Oft let me wander hand in hand with Thought,
I would I knew the lady of thy heart!
Spirit of all sweet sounds! who in mid air
By jasper founts, whose falling waters make
To a Lady who wrote under my likeness as Juliet, "Lieti giorni e felice."
Suggested by Sir Thomas Lawrence observing that we never dream of ourselves younger than we are.
Whene'er I recollect the happy time
Lady, whom my beloved loves so well!
Thou poisonous laurel leaf, that in the soil
I hear a voice low in the sunset woods;
Written at four o'clock in the morning, after a ball.
There's not a fibre in my trembling frame
Say thou not sadly, "never," and "no more,"
Though thou return unto the former things,
Like one who walketh in a plenteous land,
Blaspheme not thou thy sacred life, nor turn
But to be still! oh, but to cease awhile
Art thou already weary of the way?
Mother, mother! my heart is wild,
Oh let it be where the waters are meeting,
'Twas a fit hour for parting,
I am alone - oh be thou near to me,
Rest, warrior, rest! thine hour is past, -
Death and I,
Night comes upon the earth; and fearfully
Are they indeed the bitterest tears we shed,
When the dawn
Oh, turn those eyes away from me!
When we first met, dark wintry skies were glooming,
I would I might be with thee, when the year
When the glad sun looks smiling from the sky,
Is it a sin to wish that I may meet thee
What recks the sun, how weep the heavy flowers
The fountain of my life, which flowed so free,
Oh, serious eyes! how is it that the light,
Thou little star, that in the purple clouds
Time beckons on the hours: the expiring year
Oh lady! thou, who in the olden time
I never shall forget thee - 'tis a word
What was thine errand here?
Merciful spirit! who thy bright throne above
On the lone waters' shore
How passing sad! Listen, it sings again!
Lady, sweet lady, I behold thee yet,
Hail to thee, spirit of hope! whom men call Spring;
My feet shall tread no more thy mossy side,
Here's a health to thee, Bard of Erin!
Night in her dark array
A maiden meek, with solemn, steadfast eyes,
The hours are past, love,
Were they but dreams? Upon the darkening world
Farewell, old playmate! on thy sandy shore

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