by: Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

      " day! he cannot die
      When thou so fair art shining!
      O Sun, in such a glorious sky,
      So tranquilly declining;
      He cannot leave thee now,
      While fresh west winds are blowing,
      And all around his youthful brow
      Thy cheerful light is glowing!
      Edward, awake, awake--
      The golden evening gleams
      Warm and bright on Arden's lake--
      Arouse thee from thy dreams!
      Beside thee, on my knee,
      My dearest friend, I pray
      That thou, to cross the eternal sea,
      Wouldst yet one hour delay:
      I hear its billows roar--
      I see them foaming high;
      But no glimpse of a further shore
      Has blest my straining eye.
      Believe not what they urge
      Of Eden isles beyond;
      Turn back, from that tempestuous surge,
      To thy own native land.
      It is not death, but pain
      That struggles in thy breast--
      Nay, rally, Edward, rouse again;
      I cannot let thee rest!"
      One long look, that sore reproved me
      For the woe I could not bear--
      One mute look of suffering moved me
      To repent my useless prayer:
      And, with sudden check, the heaving
      Of distraction passed away;
      Not a sign of further grieving
      Stirred my soul that awful day.
      Paled, at length, the sweet sun setting;
      Sunk to peace the twilight breeze:
      Summer dews fell softly, wetting
      Glen, and glade, and silent trees.
      Then his eyes began to weary,
      Weighed beneath a mortal sleep;
      And their orbs grew strangely dreary,
      Clouded, even as they would weep.
      But they wept not, but they changed not,
      Never moved, and never closed;
      Troubled still, and still they ranged not--
      Wandered not, nor yet reposed!
      So I knew that he was dying--
      Stooped, and raised his languid head;
      Felt no breath, and heard no sighing,
      So I knew that he was dead.




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