Written: Undated - Possibly early 1840s.  First Published: 1848.

This poem is very difficult to date. It appears that it could well be a 'Weightman' related poem, but this is not certain. The vocabulary is certainly very similar to that used in the other Weightman-related creations, i.e. 'voice', 'eye' and 'smile'. If it is, then it must have been written before he died (September 1842): possibly late 1840. However, some characteristics of the poem suggest a later date.

(See also: Chitham, 'The Poems of Anne Brontë', p.76 & p.171)

Farewell to thee! but not farewell
        To all my fondest thoughts of thee:
Within my heart they still shall dwell;
        And they shall cheer and comfort me.

O, beautiful, and full of grace!
        If thou hadst never met mine eye,
I had not dreamed a living face
        Could fancied charms so far outvie.

If I may ne'er behold again
        That form and face so dear to me,
Nor hear thy voice, still would I fain
        Preserve, for aye, their memory.

That voice, the magic of whose tone
        Can wake an echo in my breast,
Creating feelings that, alone,
        Can make my tranced spirit blest.

That laughing eye, whose sunny beam
        My memory would not cherish less; --
And oh, that smile! whose joyous gleam
        Nor mortal language can express.

Adieu, but let me cherish, still,
        The hope with which I cannot part.
Contempt may wound, and coldness chill,
        But still it lingers in my heart.

And who can tell but Heaven, at last,
        May answer all my thousand prayers,
And bid the future pay the past
        With joy for anguish, smiles for tears?

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