Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE VISIONARY, by EMILY JANE BRONTE

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THE VISIONARY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Silent is the house: all are laid asleep
Last Line: Strange power! I trust thy might; trust thou my constancy.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Subject(s): Fidelity; Love; Faithfulness; Constancy

Silent is the house: all are laid asleep:
One alone looks out o'er the snow-wreaths deep,
Watching every cloud, dreading every breeze
That whirls the 'wildering drift, and bends the groaning trees.
Cheerful is the hearth, soft the matted floor;
Not one shivering gust creeps through pane or door;
The little lamp burns straight, its rays shoot strong and far:
I trim it well, to be the wanderer's guiding-star.
Frown, my haughty sire! chide, my angry dame!
Set your slaves to spy; threaten me with shame:
But neither sire nor dame, nor prying serf shall know
What angel nightly tracks that waste of frozen snow.
What I love shall come like visitant of air,
Safe in secret power from lurking human snare;
Who loves me, no word of mine shall e'er betray,
Though for faith unstained my life must forfeit pay.
Burn then, little lamp; glimmer straight and clear --
Hush! a rustling wing stirs, methinks, the air:
He for whom I wait thus ever comes to me;
Strange Power! I trust thy might; trust thou my constancy.

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