Stella Benson (1892–1933) was an English feminist, travel writer, and novelist.
Benson was born to Ralph Beaumont Benson (1862-1911), a member of the landed gentry, and Caroline Essex Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumley) at Lutwyche Hall in Shropshire in 1892. Stella's aunt, Mary Cholmondeley, was a novelist. Stella was often ill during her childhood. By her sixth birthday, she and her ... more »
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''Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.''Stella Benson (1892-1933), British author. Pipers and a Dancer, ch. 9 (1924).
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If You Were Careless
IF you were careless ever, if ever a thing you missed
In the forest—a serpent twist
Of shadow, ensnaring the star-lit way of a tree;
If at your wrist
The pulse rang never, never, to the slow bells of the sea;
If a star, quick-carven in frost and in amethyst,
Shone on the thin, thin finger of dawn, you turning away your face:
You shall be sorry, sorry, for when you die,
Shall follow and follow and find you
As you go through the Difficult Place.
The strong snake-shadows shall bind you,
The swords of the stars shall ...