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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Old Stoic
 
Emily Brontë (1818–48)
 
 
RICHES I hold in light esteem,
  And Love I laugh to scorn;
And lust of fame was but a dream
  That vanish’d with the morn;
 
And if I pray, the only prayer        5
  That moves my lips for me
Is, “Leave the heart that now I bear,
  And give me liberty!”
 
Yes, as my swift days near their goal,
  ’T is all that I implore:        10
In life and death a chainless soul,
  With courage to endure.
 

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