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Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee
by Emily Bronte (written in May, 1841)

Shall Earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee
Shall Nature cease to bow?

Thy mind is ever moving
In regions dark to thee;
Recall its useless roving -
Come back and dwell with me -

I know my mountain breezes
Enchant and soothe thee still -
I know my sunshine pleases
Despite thy wayward will -

When day with evening blending
Sinks from the summer sky,
I've seen thy spirit bending
In fond idolatry -

I've watched thee every hour -
I know my mighty sway -
I know my magic power
To drive thy griefs away -

Few hearts to mortals given
On earth so wildly pine
Yet none would ask a Heaven
More like the Earth than thine -

Then let my winds caress thee -
Thy comrades let me be -
Since naught beside can bless thee
Return and dwell with me -

Go to other poems by Emily Bronte | Faith and Despondency | No Coward Sould Is Mine |

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