Poems of Emily Brontë
by Emily Brontë
- Year Published: 1846
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: England
- Source: Bronte, A., Bronte, C., and Bronte, E. (1846). Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. London, England: Aylott and Jones.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 8.0
- Word Count: 120
- Genre: Poetry
- Keywords: hope
- ✎ Cite This
Brontë, E. (1846). Hope. Poems of Emily Brontë (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved May 29, 2023, from https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/75/poems-of-emily-bronte/5152/hope/
Brontë, Emily. "Hope." Poems of Emily Brontë. Lit2Go Edition. 1846. Web. <https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/75/poems-of-emily-bronte/5152/hope/>. May 29, 2023.
Emily Brontë, "Hope," Poems of Emily Brontë, Lit2Go Edition, (1846), accessed May 29, 2023, https://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/75/poems-of-emily-bronte/5152/hope/.
Hope Was but a timid friend;
She sat without the grated den,
Watching how my fate would tend,
Even as selfish-hearted men.
She was cruel in her fear;
Through the bars one dreary day,
I looked out to see her there,
And she turned her face away!
Like a false guard, false watch keeping,
Still, in strife, she whispered peace;
She would sing while I was weeping;
If I listened, she would cease.
False she was, and unrelenting;
When my last joys strewed the ground,
Even Sorrow saw, repenting,
Those sad relics scattered round;
Hope, whose whisper would have given
Balm to all my frenzied pain,
Stretched her wings, and soared to heaven,
Went, and ne’er returned again!