Ada Cambridge

[Ada Cross] (21 November 1844 – 19 July 1926 / St Gemans, Norfolk)

Ada Cambridge Poems

1. What of the Night? 1/4/2003
2. Wasted 3/2/2010
3. Vows 3/2/2010
4. Unstrung 3/2/2010
5. Too Late. 3/3/2010
6. To-morrow 3/2/2010
7. Tired 3/2/2010
8. This Enlightened Age 3/2/2010
9. The Winged Mariners 3/2/2010
10. The Watchman 3/2/2010
11. The Virgin Martyr 1/4/2003
12. The Vain Question 3/2/2010
13. The Soldier's Grave 3/2/2010
14. The Silence in the Church 3/2/2010
15. The Shadow 3/3/2010
16. The Season 3/2/2010
17. The Resting-Place 3/2/2010
18. The Physical Conscience 3/3/2010
19. The Old Manor House 3/2/2010
20. The Old Maid's Story 3/2/2010

The Virgin Martyr

Every wild she-bird has nest and mate in the warm April weather,
But a captive woman, made for love -- no mate, no nest has she.
In the spring of young desire, young men and maids are wed together,
And the happy mothers flaunt their bliss for all the world to see:
Nature's sacramental feast for these -- an empty board for me.

I, a young maid once, an old maid now, deposed, despised, forgotten --
I, like them have thrilled with passion and have dreamed of nuptial rest,
Of the trem

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