Bessie Rayner Parkes
Bessie Rayner Parkes Poems
- Peace THE steadfast coursing of the stars, The waves that ...
- The Black Death WHAT is it? a speck in the distance, A ...
- New-Year’s Eve And New-Year’s ... GOOD bye, Old Year! And ...
- Music SWEET melody amidst the moving spheres Breaks forth, ...
- Farmhouse Gardens OH, dear to me the simple flowers Which ...
- On A Group Of Justice And Char... WHAT do the scales of ...
- The First Primrose LITTLE yellow darling, Delicate and ...
Bessie Rayner Parkes Belloc (16 June 1829 - 23 March 1925) was one of the most prominent English feminists and campaigners for women’s rights in Victorian times and also a poet, essayist and journalist.
A great-grandchild of the eminent scientist and Unitarian minister Joseph Priestley (1733-1804), Bessie Rayner Parkes was born to loving, well-off parents, in a household interested in people and ideas. Her father was Joseph Parkes (1796-1865), a prosperous solicitor and a liberal with Radical sympathies. His support for his daughter’s aspirations was moderate. Bessie's mother, Elizabeth Rayner Priestley (1797-1877), usually called Eliza, was a wife and ... more »
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THE steadfast coursing of the stars,
The waves that ripple to the shore,
The vigorous trees which year by year
Spread upwards more and more;
The jewel forming in the mine,
The snow that falls so soft and light,
The rising and the setting sun,
The growing glooms of night;
All natural things both live and move
In natural peace that is their own;
Only in our disordered life
Almost is she unknown.
She is not rest, nor sleep, nor death;
Order and motion ever stand
To carry out her firm behests
As guards at her right hand. ...