['Often rebuked, yet always back returning']

By Emily Brontë 1818–1848 Emily Bronte
Often rebuked, yet always back returning
    To those first feelings that were born with me,
And leaving busy chase of wealth and learning
    For idle dreams of things which cannot be:

To-day, I will seek not the shadowy region;
    Its unsustaining vastness waxes drear;
And visions rising, legion after legion,
    Bring the unreal world too strangely near.

I’ll walk, but not in old heroic traces,
    And not in paths of high morality,
And not among the half-distinguished faces,
    The clouded forms of long-past history.

I’ll walk where my own nature would be leading:
    It vexes me to choose another guide:
Where the gray flocks in ferny glens are feeding;
    Where the wild wind blows on the mountain side.

What have those lonely mountains worth revealing?
    More glory and more grief than I can tell:
The earth that wakes one human heart to feeling
    Can centre both the worlds of Heaven and Hell.


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Poet Emily Brontë 1818–1848

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Reading & Books, Poetry & Poets

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The only poems by Emily Brontë that were published in her lifetime were included in a slim volume by Brontë and her sisters Charlotte and Anne titled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (1846), which sold a mere two copies and received only three unsigned reviews in the months following its publication. The three notices were positive, however, especially with respect to the contributions of Ellis Bell—Emily Brontë. The . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Time & Brevity, Activities, Travels & Journeys, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Reading & Books, Poetry & Poets

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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