Verse > Anthologies > Alfred H. Miles, ed. > Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century
Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Miscellaneous Poems.
III. A Tragedy (II)
By Edith (Nesbit) Bland (1858–1924)
IT’S lonely in my study here alone
            Now you are gone;
I loved to see your white gown mid the flowers,
            While, hours on hours,
I studied—toiled to weave a crown of fame        5
            About your name.
I liked to hear your sweet, low laughter ring;
            To hear you sing
About the house while I sat reading here,
            My child, my dear;        10
To know you glad with all the life-joys fair
            I dared not share.
I thought there would be time enough to show
            My love, you know,
When I could lay with laurels at your feet        15
            Love’s roses sweet;
I thought I could taste love when fame was won—
            Now both are done!
Thank God, your child-heart knew not how to miss
            The passionate kiss,        20
Which I dared never give, lest love should rise
            Mighty, unwise,
And bind me, with my life-work incomplete,
            Beside your feet.
You never knew, you lived and were content;        25
            My one chance went;
You died, my little one, and are at rest—
            And I, unblest,
Look at these broken fragments of my life,
            My child, my wife.        30
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors