Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE TWO CHILDREN, by EMILY JANE BRONTE

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THE TWO CHILDREN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Heavy hangs the raindrop
Last Line: For the unblessed of heaven!
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Variant Title(s): A.e. And R.c.;a.e. [and R.c]
Subject(s): Transience; Conduct Of Life; Impermanence

Heavy hangs the raindrop
From the burdened spray;
Heavy broods the damp mist
On Uplands far away;

Heavy looms the dull sky,
Heavy rolls the sea --
And heavy beats the young heart
Beneath that lonely tree --

Never has a blue streak
Cleft the clouds since morn --
Never has his grim Fate
Smiled since he was born --

Frowning on the infant,
Shadowing childhood's joy,
Guardian angel knows not
That melancholy boy --

Day is passing swiftly
Its sad and sombre prime;
Youth is fast invading
Sterner manhood's time --

All the flowers are praying
For sun before they close
And he prays too, unknowing,
That sunless human rose!

Blossoms, that the west wind
Has never wooed to blow
Scentless are your petals
Your dew as cold as snow.

Soul, where kindred kindness
No early promise woke
Barren is your beauty
As weed upon the rock --

Wither, Brothers, wither,
You were vainly given --
Earth reserves no blessing
For the unblessed of Heaven!

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