Anne Brontë

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

The Bluebell

Poem by Anne Brontë

A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,
Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power.
There is a silent eloquence
In every wild bluebell
That fills my softened heart with bliss
That words could never tell.

Yet I recall not long ago
A bright and sunny day,
'Twas when I led a toilsome life
So many leagues away;

That day along a sunny road
All carelessly I strayed,
Between two banks where smiling flowers
Their varied hues displayed.

Before me rose a lofty hill,
Behind me lay the sea,
My heart was not so heavy then
As it was wont to be.

Less harassed than at other times
I saw the scene was fair,
And spoke and laughed to those around,
As if I knew no care.

But when I looked upon the bank
My wandering glances fell
Upon a little trembling flower,
A single sweet bluebell.

Whence came that rising in my throat,
That dimness in my eye?
Why did those burning drops distil --
Those bitter feelings rise?

O, that lone flower recalled to me
My happy childhood's hours
When bluebells seemed like fairy gifts
A prize among the flowers,

Those sunny days of merriment
When heart and soul were free,
And when I dwelt with kindred hearts
That loved and cared for me.

I had not then mid heartless crowds
To spend a thankless life
In seeking after others' weal
With anxious toil and strife.

'Sad wanderer, weep those blissful times
That never may return!'
The lovely floweret seemed to say,
And thus it made me mourn.

Comments about The Bluebell by Anne Brontë

  • Dee Macleod. (5/2/2018 5:03:00 AM)

    A of love of this magical fairy flower, stays with me, the scent in a beech wood, with shots of lime from the leaves of the trees. A ray of sun like a spotlight suddenly lighting up a pool of the purple blue flowers. Lifts the spirits.(Report)Reply

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  • Pietro 6 (1/19/2016 9:08:00 PM)

    Beautiful.Few comments for so a poet so good(Report)Reply

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  • Dawn FuzanDawn Fuzan (5/13/2014 5:28:00 PM)

    Anne This is a good poem, keep it up(Report)Reply

    Fox beadle(2/28/2019 6:46:00 AM)

    She died ages ago 😐

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 17, 2012