Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WARNING AND REPLY, by EMILY JANE BRONTE



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First Line: In the earth, the earth thou shalt be laid
Last Line: That heart was worthy thee! --
Alternate Author Name(s): Bell, Ellis
Variant Title(s): "in The Earth, The Earth Thou Shalt Be Laid"";
Subject(s): Consolation


In the earth, the earth thou shalt be laid
A grey stone standing over thee;
Black mould beneath thee spread
And black mould to cover thee --

'Well, there is rest there
So fast come thy prophecy --
The time when my sunny hair
Shall with grass roots twined be'

But cold, cold is that resting place
Shut out from Joy and Liberty
And all who loved thy living face
Will shrink from its gloom and thee

'Not so, here the world is chill
And sworn friends fall from me
But there, they'll own me still
And prize my memory'

Farewell, then, all that love
All that deep sympathy:
Sleep on, heaven laughs above --
Earth never misses thee --

Turf-sod and tombstone drear
Part human company
One heart broke, only, there
That heart was worthy thee! --





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