Anne Brontë

(7 January 1820 – 28 May 1849 / Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England)

If This Be All - Poem by Anne Brontë

O God! if this indeed be all
That Life can show to me;
If on my aching brow may fall
No freshening dew from Thee, --
If with no brighter light than this
The lamp of hope may glow,
And I may only dream of bliss,
And wake to weary woe;

If friendship's solace must decay,
When other joys are gone,
And love must keep so far away,
While I go wandering on, --

Wandering and toiling without gain,
The slave of others' will,
With constant care, and frequent pain,
Despised, forgotten still;

Grieving to look on vice and sin,
Yet powerless to quell
The silent current from within,
The outward torrent's swell:

While all the good I would impart,
The feelings I would share,
Are driven backward to my heart,
And turned to wormwood, there;

If clouds must ever keep from sight
The glories of the Sun,
And I must suffer Winter's blight,
Ere Summer is begun;

If life must be so full of care,
Then call me soon to Thee;
Or give me strength enough to bear
My load of misery.

Acton


Comments about If This Be All by Anne Brontë

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (3/30/2018 5:54:00 AM)


    A perfect understanding of a God-less World in which life will appear to be a load of sufferings instead of a stream of pleasure.
    Lovely poem dear poetess.
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  • Susan Williams (2/2/2016 9:59:00 PM)


    Life without the presence of God to relieve the gray of sin and give hope and give us spots of sheer joy would be a drudgery beyond bearing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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