Amelia Opie

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Amelia Alderson was the daughter of James Alderson, a physician, and Amelia Briggs of Norwich, England. She was a cousin of notable judge Edward Hall Alderson, with whom she corresponded throughout her life, and also a cousin of notable artist Henry Perronet Briggs.

Miss Alderson had inherited radical principles and was an ardent admirer of John ...

Amelia Opie Poems

1.
Secret Love

Not one kind look....one friendly word!
Wilt thou in chilling silence sit;
Nor through the social hour afford
One cheering smile, or beam of wit?
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2.
Remembrance

How dear to me the twilight hour!
It breathes, it speaks of pleasures past;
When Laura sought this humble bower,
And o'er it courtly splendours cast.
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3.
Song

I am wearing away like the snow in the sun,
I am wearing away from the pain in my heart;
But ne'er shall he know, who my peace has undone,
How bitter, how lasting, how deep is my smart.
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4.
Love Elegy, To Laura

Too heedless friend, why thus augment the flame
That glows resistless in my beating breast?
Why with thy praises grace his fatal name,
Who robs thy Emma's hapless heart of rest?
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5.

[A Report, though false, at that time generally believed.]


Fallen are thy towers, Byzantium! towers that stood
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Amelia Opie Comments

Jesus Diaz Llorico 31 October 2015

One of my few poetess that I admire. The classical style format just shows that preparation is needed when writing a poem. Her secret love surely ranks as one of the best poems ever written.

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