Emily Jane Brontë

Thornton / Yorkshire
Emily Jane Brontë
Thornton / Yorkshire
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"A Little While, A Little While..."

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A little while, a little while,
The weary task is put away,
And I can sing and I can smile,
Alike, while I have holiday.

Why wilt thou go, my harassed heart,
What thought, what scene invites thee now?
What spot, or near or far,
Has rest for thee, my weary brow?

There is a spot, mid barren hills,
Where winter howls, and driving rain;
But if the dreary tempest chills,
There is a light that warms again.

The house is old, the trees are bare,
Moonless above bends twilight's dome;
But what on earth is half so dear,
So longed for, as the hearth of home?

The mute bird sitting on the stone,
The dank moss dripping from the wall,
The thorn-trees gaunt, the walks o'ergrown,
I love them, how I love them all!

Still, as I mused, the naked room,
The alien firelight died away,
And from the midst of cheerless gloom
I passed to bright unclouded day.

A little and a lone green lane
That opened on a common wide;
A distant, dreamy, dim blue chain
Of mountains circling every side;

A heaven so clear, an earth so calm,
So sweet, so soft, so hushed an air;
And, deepening still the dream-like charm,
Wild moor-sheep feeding everywhere.

That was the scene, I knew it well;
I knew the turfy pathway's sweep
That, winding o'er each billowy swell,
Marked out the tracks of wandering sheep.

Could I have lingered but an hour,
It well had paid a week of toil;
But Truth has banished Fancy's power:
Restraint and heavy task recoil.

Even as I stood with raptured eye,
Absorbed in bliss so deep and dear,
My hour of rest had fleeted by,
And back came labour, bondage, care.
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COMMENTS
MAHTAB BANGALEE 25 January 2021
Escapist mind leads to the ultimate romanticism!
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Dr Dillip K Swain 26 December 2020
I love them how I love them all....is core of this great poem. The 3rd stanza is my favorite one.
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Orbiam Simon 02 November 2019
A little while, wow the tittle alone make me love this poem and read it again and again.
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Danibob 04 March 2019
I’ve always been able to hear and see her home. I love it all Emily Thank you
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Ruta Mohapatra 17 November 2017
Beautiful description of nature and her home.
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Rebecca Navarre 05 September 2016
Always Love escaping into the depths of her poetry! ! ! Will Always be a Favorite! ! !
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Akachukwu Lekwauwa 13 June 2015
Awesome. I loved it.
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Francie Lynch 13 June 2015
Escapism in the strictest Romantic sense. Fine read.
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Mustafa Test 24 December 2020
Fantastics
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Phanice Wamukota 13 June 2015
I have read this out loud again and again, I like.
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Melikhaya Zagagana 28 August 2014
A poem with will, all the energy well spent. You would not be thought of a time waster Jane you played your part well. You only had to right this poem and forever live well.
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