Frances Anne Kemble
Frances Anne Kemble Poems
- Absence What shall I do with all the days and hours That ...
- An Apology Blame not my tears, love, to you has been given ...
- An Evening Song Good night, love! May heaven's brightest ...
- A Rejected Lover To His Mistre... Knowest thou not that of...
- An Invitation Come where the white waves dance along the ...
- A Wish (I) Let me not die for ever! when I'm gone To the ...
- A Promise. By the pure spring, whose haunted waters ...
Frances Anne Kemble, was a notable British actress from a theatre family in the early and mid-nineteenth century. She also was a well-known and popular writer, whose published works included plays, poetry, eleven volumes of memoirs, travel and works about the theatre. In 1834 she married an American, Pierce Mease Butler, heir to cotton, tobacco and rice plantations and hundreds of slaves on the Sea Islands of Georgia.
They spent the winter of 1838-1839 at the plantations, and Kemble kept a diary of her observations. She returned to the theatre after their separation in 1847 and toured major cities of the United States. Although her memoir circulated in abolitionist circles, Kemble... more »
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What shall I do with all the days and hours
That must be counted ere I see thy face?
How shall I charm the interval that lowers
Between this time and that sweet time of grace?
Shall I in slumber steep each weary sense,
Weary with longing?—shall I flee away
Into past days, and with some fond pretence
Cheat myself to forget the present day?
Shall love for thee lay on my soul the sin
Of casting from me God's great gift of time;
Shall I these mists of memory locked within,
Leave, and forget life's purposes sublime?
Oh, how, or by what means, may I contrive