Caroline Anne Bowles Southey

(1786-1854 / England)

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Caroline Anne Southey (1786 – 1854), was an English poet and second wife of Robert Southey.

Born Caroline Anne Bowles, born in Lymington she was the daughter of a navy captain. She submitted a poem, "Ellen Fitzarthur", to Robert Southey which led to a friendship. They proposed a joint poem on Robin Hood, but this was not carried out. She did, however, eventually become the ... more »

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The Christian Pauper's Death-Bed

Tread softly - bow the head -
In rev'rent silence bow -
No passing bell doth toll,
Yet an immortal soul
IS passing now.

Stranger! however great,
With lowly rev'rence bow;
There's one in that poor shed -
One by that paltry bed -
Greater than thou.

Beneath that beggar's roof,
Lo! Death doth keep his state,
Enter - no crowds attend -
Enter - no guards defend

palace gate.

That pavement, damp and cold,
No smiling courtiers tread;
One silent woman stands,
Lifting with meagre hands
A dying head.

No mingling ...

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