Anna Laetitia Barbauld
Anna Laetitia Barbauld Poems
- A Thought On Death When life as opening buds is sweet, And ...
- A Summer Evening's Meditation 'TIS past! The sultry tyrant of...
- Corsica Of unsubmitting spirit, wise and brave; Who still ...
- Autumn Farewell the softer hours, Spring's opening blush And...
- Epistle To William Wilberforce... Cease, Wilberforce, to ...
- Eighteen Hundred And Eleven Still the loud death drum, ...
- The Caterpillar No, helpless thing, I cannot harm thee now; ...
Anna Laetitia Barbauld was a prominent English Romantic poet, essayist, and children's author.
A "woman of letters" who published in multiple genres, Barbauld had a successful writing career at a time when female professional writers were rare. She was a noted teacher at the Palgrave Academy and an innovative children's writer; her primers provided a model for pedagogy for more than a century. Her essays demonstrated that it was possible for a woman to be publicly engaged in politics, and other women authors emulated her.Even more important, her poetry was foundational to the development of Romanticism in England. Barbauld was also a literary critic, and her anthology of... more »
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A Thought On Death
When life as opening buds is sweet,
And golden hopes the fancy greet,
And Youth prepares his joys to meet,-
Alas! how hard it is to die!
When just is seized some valued prize,
And duties press, and tender ties
Forbid the soul from earth to rise,-
How awful then it is to die!
When, one by one, those ties are torn,
And friend from friend is snatched forlorn,
And man is left alone to mourn,-
Ah then, how easy 'tis to die!
When faith is firm, and conscience clear,
And words of peace the spirit cheer,
And visioned glories half appear,-
'Tis joy, 'tis ...