Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
Mary Elizabeth Coleridge Poems
- Affection The earth that made the rose, She also is thy ...
- Gibberish Many a flower have I seen blossom, Many a bird for...
- The Witch I HAVE walked a great while over the snow, And I ...
- I Ask Of Thee, Love, Nothing B...
- To Memory Strange Power, I know not what thou art, Murderer...
- Death And The Lady TURN in, my lord, she said ; As it ...
- The Other Side Of A Mirror I sat before my glass one day, ...
She was a British novelist and poet, who also wrote essays and reviews. She taught at the London Working Women's College for twelve years from 1895 to 1907. She wrote poetry under the pseudonym Anodos, taken from George MacDonald; other influences on her were Richard Watson Dixon and Christina Rossetti. Robert Bridges,the Poet Laureate,described her poems as 'wonderously beautiful..but mystical rather and enigmatic'
Coleridge published five novels, the best known of those being The King with Two Faces, which earned her £900 in royalties in 1897. She travelled widely throughout her life, although her home was in London, where she lived with her family. Her father was Arthur Duke ... more »
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The earth that made the rose,
She also is thy mother, and not I.
The flame wherewith thy maiden spirit glows
Was lighted at no hearth that I sit by.
I am as far below as heaven above thee.
Were I thine angel, more I could not love thee.
Bid me defend thee!
Thy danger over-human strength shall lend me,
A hand of iron and a heart of steel,
To strike, to wound, to slay, and not to feel.
But if you chide me,
I am a weak, defenceless child beside thee.