By Frances Anne Kemble 1809–1903
Better trust all, and be deceived,
   And weep that trust, and that deceiving;
Than doubt one heart, that, if believed,
   Had blessed one’s life with true believing.

Oh, in this mocking world, too fast
   The doubting fiend o’ertakes our youth!
Better be cheated to the last,   
   Than lose the blessèd hope of truth.

Source: She Wields a Pen: American Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century (University of Iowa Press, 1997)

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Poet Frances Anne Kemble 1809–1903

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Religion, Faith & Doubt, Social Commentaries

Poems by Frances Anne Kemble

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SUBJECT Religion, Faith & Doubt, Social Commentaries

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

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