Frances Anne Kemble

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Frances Anne Kemble Biography

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 ...

Frances Anne Kemble Poems

1.
Parting

The golden hinges of the year have turned—
Spring, and the summer, and the harvest time
Have come, and gone; and on the threshold stands
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2.
An Evening Song

Good night, love!
May heaven's brightest stars watch over thee!
Good angels spread their wings, and cover thee;
And through the night,
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3.
Absence

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
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4.
An Entreaty

Once more, once more into the sunny fields
Oh, let me stray!
And drink the joy that young existence yields
On a bright, cloudless day.
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5.
An Apology

Blame not my tears, love, to you has been given
The brightest, best gift, God to mortals allows;
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Frances Anne Kemble Comments

Grantley Kemble 08 August 2013

I have been fascinated with this woman, who is one of my forebears and the Niece [? ] of John Philip Kemble whose somewhat diminutive earthly form is commemorated in a statue in Westminster Abbey, for many years. I came across the volume of memeoirs of a geaorgian plantation in a university library when I was an undergrad there. Her poetry - to me is haunting and conveys a link of loneliness of spirit across the years that I almost fell I could reach out and kiss her on the cheek to make it better.

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