Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Rebel By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Rebel By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Rebel WITH none to heed or mark The prisoner in his cell, In a dungeon, lone and dark, He tuned his wild farewell. The harp whose strings might never breathe again The joyous sounds it gave to Freedom’s strain, With hurried chords, his trembling fingers woke; And thus the brave, but captiv... »

The Dream By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Dream By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Dream ‘TWAS summer eve; the changeful beams still play’d On the fir-bark and through the beechen shade; Still with soft crimson glow’d each floating cloud; Still the stream glitter’d where the willow bow’d; Still the pale moon sate silent and alone, Nor yet the star... »

Sonnet Vi By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Vi By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Vi WHERE the red wine-cup floweth, there art thou! Where luxury curtains out the evening sky;– Triumphant Mirth sits flush’d upon thy brow, And ready laughter lurks within thine eye. Where the long day declineth, lone I sit, In idle thought, my listless hands entwined, And, faintl... »

A Voice From The Factories By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

A Voice From The Factories By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

A Voice From The Factories WHEN fallen man from Paradise was driven, Forth to a world of labour, death, and care; Still, of his native Eden, bounteous Heaven Resolved one brief memorial to spare, And gave his offspring an imperfect share Of that lost happiness, amid decay; Making their first approac... »

Weep Not For Him That Dieth By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Weep Not For Him That Dieth By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Weep Not For Him That Dieth I. WEEP not for him that dieth– For he sleeps, and is at rest; And the couch whereon he lieth Is the green earth’s quiet breast: But weep for him who pineth On a far land’s hateful shore, Who wearily declineth Where ye see his face no more! II. Weep not ... »

The Lady Of La Garaye – Prologue By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Prologue By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Prologue RUINS! A charm is in the word: It makes us smile, it makes us sigh, ‘Tis like the note of some spring bird Recalling other Springs gone by, And other wood-notes which we heard With some sweet face in some green lane, And never can so hear again! Ruins! Th... »

The Child Of Earth By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Child Of Earth By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Child Of Earth I. FAINTER her slow step falls from day to day, Death’s hand is heavy on her darkening brow; Yet doth she fondly cling to earth, and say, ‘I am content to die, but, oh! not now! Not while the blossoms of the joyous spring Make the warm air such luxury to breathe; Not w... »

On The Purple And White Carnation By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

On The Purple And White Carnation By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

On The Purple And White Carnation ‘TWAS a bright May morn, and each opening flower Lay sunning itself in Flora’s bower; Young Love, who was fluttering round, espied The blossoms so gay in their painted pride; And he gazed on the point of a feathered dart, For mischief had filled the boy-... »

The Visionary Portrait By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Visionary Portrait By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Visionary Portrait I. As by his lonely hearth he sate, The shadow of a welcome dream Pass’d o’er his heart,–disconsolate His home did seem; Comfort in vain was spread around, For something still was wanting found. II. Therefore he thought of one who might For ever in his presen... »

The Greek Girl’s Lament For Her Lover By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Greek Girl’s Lament For Her Lover By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Greek Girl’s Lament For Her Lover IMRA! thy form is vanished From the proud and patriot band; Imra! thy voice is silent, ‘Mongst the voices of the land. And bravely hast thou fallen; In joy didst thou depart; Their chains shall never bind thee, Young hero of my heart! But with thee the dre... »

Sonnet Xvi By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xvi By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xvi WHITE Rose of Bourbon’s branch, so early faded! When thou wert carried to thy silent rest, And every brow with heavy gloom was shaded, And every heart with fond regret oppress’d,– Sweet was the thought thy brother gave to him Who, far away on Ocean’s restless wave,... »

I Cannot Love Thee! By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

I Cannot Love Thee! By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

I Cannot Love Thee! I CANNOT love thee, tho’ thy soul Be one which all good thoughts control; Altho’ thy eyes be starry bright, And the gleams of golden light Fall upon thy silken hair, And thy forehead, broad and fair; Something of a cold disgust, (Wonderful, and most unjust,) Something... »

The Poplar Field By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Poplar Field By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Poplar Field ‘The poplars are fell’d: farewell to the shade, And the whispering sound of the cool colonnade; The winds play no longer and sing in the leaves, Nor Ouse on his bosom their image receives. ‘Twelve years have elapsed, since I last took a view Of my favourite field, ... »

The Creole Girl; Or, The Physician’s Story By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Creole Girl; Or, The Physician’s Story By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Creole Girl; Or, The Physician’s Story I. SHE came to England from the island clime Which lies beyond the far Atlantic wave; She died in early youth–before her time– ‘Peace to her broken heart, and virgin grave!’ II. She was the child of Passion, and of Shame, English her... »

Sonnet V By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet V By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet V BECAUSE I know that there is that in me Of which thou shouldst be proud, and not ashamed,– Because I feel one made thy choice should be Not even by fools and slanderers rashly blamed,– Because I fear, howe’er thy soul may strive Against the weakness of that inward pain, Th... »

A Destiny By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

A Destiny By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

A Destiny I. THERE was a lady, who had early wed One whom she saw and lov’d in her bright youth, When life was yet untried–and when he said He, too, lov’d her, he spoke no more than truth; He lov’d as well as baser natures can,– But a mean heart and soul were in that ma... »

When Poor In All But Hope And Love By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

When Poor In All But Hope And Love By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

When Poor In All But Hope And Love WHEN, poor in all but hope and love, I clasped thee to my faithful heart; For wealth and fame I vowed to rove, That we might meet no more to part! Years have gone by-long weary years Of toil, to win thee comfort now- Of ardent hopes-of sickening fears- And wealth i... »

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part Iii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part Iii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part Iii NEVER again! When first that sentence fell From lips so loth the bitter truth to tell, Death seemed the balance of its burdening care, The only end of such a strange despair. To live deformed; enfeebled; still to sigh Through changeless days that o’er the... »

The Chapel Royal St. James’s, On The 10th February, 1840 By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Chapel Royal St. James’s, On The 10th February, 1840 By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Chapel Royal St. James’s, On The 10th February, 1840 I. ONCE more the people meet, With glad expectant faces: once again The fair young monarch and her lovely train, With slow and gentle feet, Move in a solemn ceremony on; And jewels glitter in the morning sun! II. Not long, oh! Time, not long I... »

On Seeing Anthony, The Eldest Child Of Lord And Lady Ashley By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

On Seeing Anthony, The Eldest Child Of Lord And Lady Ashley By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

On Seeing Anthony, The Eldest Child Of Lord And Lady Ashley I. IT was a fair and gentle child Stood leaning by his mother’s knee; His noble brow was smooth and mild– His eyes shone bright with frolic glee– And he was stately, though so young; As from a noble lineage sprung. II. So,... »

The Undying One’ – Canto I By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Undying One’ – Canto I By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Undying One’ – Canto I MOONLIGHT is o’er the dim and heaving sea,– Moonlight is on the mountain’s frowning brow, And by their silvery fountains merrily The maids of Castaly are dancing now. Young hearts, bright eyes, and rosy lips are there, And fairy steps, and lig... »

The Forsaken By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Forsaken By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Forsaken I. IT is the music of her native land,– The airs she used to love in happier days; The lute is struck by some young gentle hand, To soothe her spirit with remember’d lays. II. But her sad heart is wandering from the notes, Her ear is fill’d with an imagined strain; Vai... »

Sonnet Xv By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xv By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xv TO MISS AUGUSTA COWELL. [To whom I owe the popularity of some of my favourite ballads.] WHEN thy light fingers touch th’ obedient chords, Which, with a gentle murmur, low respond, Waiting the measure of the coming words From that sweet voice, so plaintive, sad, and fond,– Say d... »

Escape From The Snares Of Love By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Escape From The Snares Of Love By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Escape From The Snares Of Love YOUNG LOVE has chains of metal rare, Heavy as gold-yet light as air: It chanced he caught a heart one day Which struggled hard, as loth to stay. Prudence, poor thing, was lingering near- She whispered in the captive’s ear, ‘Cease, little flutterer; bear thy... »

The Poet’s Choice By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Poet’s Choice By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Poet’s Choice I. ‘Twas in youth, that hour of dreaming; Round me, visions fair were beaming, Golden fancies, brightly gleaming, Such as start to birth When the wandering restless mind, Drunk with beauty, thinks to find Creatures of a fairy kind Realised on Earth! II. Then, for me, in every... »

The Cold Change By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Cold Change By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Cold Change In the cold change which time hath wrought on love (The snowy winter of his summer prime), Should a chance sigh or sudden tear-drop move Thy heart to memory of the olden time; Turn not to gaze on me with pitying eyes, Nor mock me with a withered hope renewed; But from the bower we bo... »

Sonnet Ix By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Ix By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Ix TO THE COUNTESS HELÉNE ZAVADOWSKY. WHEN our young Queen put on her rightful crown In Gothic Westminster’s long-hallow’d walls, The eye upon no lovelier sight look’d down Than thou, fair Russian! Memory still recalls The soft light of thy sapphire-colour’d eyes, The ... »

We Have Been Friends Together By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

We Have Been Friends Together By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

We Have Been Friends Together WE have been friends together, In sunshine and in shade; Since first beneath the chestnut-trees In infancy we played. But coldness dwells within thy heart, A cloud is on thy brow; We have been friends together— Shall a light word part us now? We have been gay together; ... »

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part Iv By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part Iv By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part Iv SILENT old gateway! whose two columns stand Like simple monuments on either hand; No trellised iron-work, with pleasant view Of trim-set flowery gardens shining through; No bolts to bar unasked intruders out; No well-oiled hinge whose sound, like one low note Of... »

The Captive Pirate By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Captive Pirate By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Captive Pirate THE captive pirate sate alone, Musing over triumphs gone, Gazing on the clear blue sky From his dungeon window high. Dreamingly he sate, and thought Of battles he had seen and fought; And fancy o’er him threw her spell. He deemed he had not bid farewell To the friends who lo... »

My Heart Is Like A Withered Nut! By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

My Heart Is Like A Withered Nut! By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

My Heart Is Like A Withered Nut! MY heart is like a withered nut, Rattling within its hollow shell; You cannot ope my breast, and put Any thing fresh with it to dwell. The hopes and dreams that filled it when Life’s spring of glory met my view, Are gone! and ne’er with joy or pain That s... »

The Undying One – Canto Ii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Undying One – Canto Ii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Undying One – Canto Ii ‘YEARS pass’d away in grief–and I, For her dear sake whose heart could feel no more, The sweetness and the witchery of love, Which round my spirit such deep charm had wove: And the dim twilight, and the noonday sky, The fountain’s music, the r... »

The Future. By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Future. By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Future. I WAS a laughing child, and gaily dwelt Where murmuring brooks, and dark blue rivers roll’d, And shadowy trees outspread their silent arms, To welcome all the weary to their rest. And there an antique castle rais’d its head, Where dwelt a fair and fairy girl: perchance Two su... »

Sonnet Xix By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xix By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xix But since, in all that brief Life’s narrow scope, No day pass’d by without some gentle deed, Let us not ‘mourn like them that have no hope,’ Though sharp the stroke,–and suddenly decreed; For still, when Spring puts out her tender leaves, And Nature’s b... »

First Love By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

First Love By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

First Love YES, I know that you once were my lover, But that sort of thing has an end, And though love and its transports are over, You know you can still be–my friend: I was young, too, and foolish, remember; (Did you ever hear John Hardy sing?) It was then, the fifteenth of November, And thi... »

The Pilgrim Of Life. By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Pilgrim Of Life. By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Pilgrim Of Life. PILGRIM, who toilest up life’s weary steep, To reach the summit still with pleasure crowned; Born but to sigh and smile; to sin and weep, Dost mark the busy multitudes around? Dost mourn, with those who tread with fainting feet, And blighted worn-out heart, the self same r... »

The Christening By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Christening By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Christening (Of my Brother’s infant Son, February 21, 1839.) I. THERE is a sound of laughter light and gay, And hurried welcomes, as of joyful greeting; The stir and murmur of a holiday, The grouping of glad friends each other meeting: And in the midst art THOU–thou tiny flower, Whos... »

Sonnet Iv By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Iv By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Iv BE frank with me, and I accept my lot; But deal not with me as a grieving child, Who for the loss of that which he hath not Is by a show of kindness thus beguiled. Raise not for me, from its enshrouded tomb, The ghostly likeness of a hope deceased; Nor think to cheat the darkness of my doo... »

Would I Were With Thee! By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Would I Were With Thee! By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Would I Were With Thee! WOULD I were with thee! every day and hour Which now I spend so sadly, far from thee– Would that my form possessed the magic power To follow where my heavy heart would be! Whate’er thy lot–by land or sea– Would I were with thee–eternally! Would I... »

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part I By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part I By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part I ON Dinan’s walls the morning sunlight plays, Gilds the stern fortress with a crown of rays, Shines on the children’s heads that troop to school, Turns into beryl-brown the forest pool, Sends diamond sparkles over gushing springs, And showers down glor... »

The Bride By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Bride By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Bride SHE is standing by her loved one’s side, A young and a fair and a gentle bride, But mournfulness hath crost her face Like shadows in a sunny place, And wistfully her eye doth strain Across the blue and distant main. My home! my home!-I would I were Again in joyous gladness there! My ... »

My Native Land! By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

My Native Land! By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

My Native Land! WHERE is the minstrel’s native land? Where the flames of light and feeling glow; Where the flowers are wreathed for beauty’s brow; Where the bounding heart swells strong and high, With holy hopes which may not die– There is my native land! What is that bright land&#... »

The Undying One- Canto Iii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Undying One- Canto Iii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Undying One- Canto Iii ‘THERE is a sound the autumn wind doth make Howling and moaning, listlessly and low: Methinks that to a heart that ought to break All the earth’s voices seem to murmur so. The visions that crost Our path in light– The things that we lost In the dim dark n... »

The Faithless Knight By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Faithless Knight By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Faithless Knight THE lady she sate in her bower alone, And she gaz’d from the lattice window high, Where a white steed’s hoofs were ringing on, With a beating heart, and a smother’d sigh. Why doth she gaze thro’ the sunset rays– Why doth she watch that white steed&#... »

Sonnet Xii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xii I STAND beside the waves,–the mournful waves,– Where thou didst stand in silence and in fear, For thou wert train’d by custom’s haughty slaves, And love, from such as I, disdain’d to hear; Yet, with the murmur of the echoing sea, And the monotonous billows, r... »

Edward By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Edward By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Edward HEAVY is my trembling heart, mine own love, my dearest, Heavy as the hearts whose love is poured in vain; All the bright day I watch till thou appearest, All the long night I dream of thee again. When the whisp’ring summer breeze is waving o’er me lightly, When the moaning winter ... »

The Picture Of Sappho By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Picture Of Sappho By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Picture Of Sappho I. THOU! whose impassion’d face The Painter loves to trace, Theme of the Sculptor’s art and Poet’s story– How many a wand’ring thought Thy loveliness hath brought, Warming the heart with its imagined glory! II. Yet, was it History’s truth, Th... »

The Child Of The Islands – Winter By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Child Of The Islands – Winter By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Child Of The Islands – Winter I. ERE the Night cometh! On how many graves Rests, at this hour, their first cold winter’s snow! Wild o’er the earth the sleety tempest raves; Silent, our Lost Ones slumber on below; Never to share again the genial glow Of Christmas gladness round ... »

Sonnet Ii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Ii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Ii RAPHAEL. BLESS’D wert thou, whom Death, and not Decay, Bore from the world on swift and shadowy wings, Ere age or weakness dimm’d one brilliant ray Of thy rapt spirit’s high imaginings, While yet thy heart was full of fervid love, And thou wert haunted by resistless dream... »

To The Lady H.O. By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

To The Lady H.O. By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

To The Lady H.O. I. COME o’er the green hills to the sunny sea! The boundless sea that washeth many lands, Where shells unknown to England, fair and free, Lie brightly scatter’d on the gleaming sands. There, ‘midst the hush of slumbering ocean’s roar, We’ll sit and watc... »

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part Ii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part Ii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Lady Of La Garaye – Part Ii A FIRST walk after sickness: the sweet breeze That murmurs welcome in the bending trees, When the cold shadowy foe of life departs, And the warm blood flows freely through our hearts: The smell of roses,–sound of trickling streams, The elastic turf cross-b... »

The Boatswain’s Song By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Boatswain’s Song By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Boatswain’s Song A CHEER to keep our hearts up, A cup to drown our tears, And we’ll talk of those who perished, Our mates in former years. The Betsey was a vessel As tight as ship could be– And we cheered to keep our hearts up, As she tossed upon the sea. Thro’ one dark day we ... »

My Childhood’s Home By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

My Childhood’s Home By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

My Childhood’s Home I HAVE tasted each varied pleasure, And drunk of the cup of delight; I have danced to the gayest measure In the halls of dazzling light. I have dwelt in a blaze of splendour, And stood in the courts of kings; I have snatched at each toy that could render More rapid the flig... »

The Undying One – Canto Iv By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Undying One – Canto Iv By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Undying One – Canto Iv ‘TIS done–the night has pass’d away; And, basking in the sunny day, The laughing fountain’s waters bear No record of each burning tear;– The silent echoes give no sound Of shriek or moan; and nothing round Can tell what breaking hearts h... »

The Fallen Leaves By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Fallen Leaves By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Fallen Leaves I. WE stand among the fallen leaves, Young children at our play, And laugh to see the yellow things Go rustling on their way: Right merrily we hunt them down, The autumn winds and we, Nor pause to gaze where snow-drifts lie, Or sunbeams gild the tree: With dancing feet we leap alon... »

Sonnet Xiii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xiii By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet Xiii THE WEAVER. LITTLE they think, the giddy and the vain, Wandering at pleasure ‘neath the shady trees, While the light glossy silk or rustling train Shines in the sun or flutters in the breeze, How the sick weaver plies the incessant loom, Crossing in silence the perplexing thread, P... »

Dreams By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Dreams By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Dreams SURELY I heard a voice-surely my name Was breathed in tones familiar to my heart! I listened-and the low wind stealing came, In darkness and in silence to depart. Surely I saw a form, a proud bright form, Standing beside my couch! I raised mine eyes: ‘Twas but a dim cloud, herald of a s... »

The Name By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Name By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Name THY name was once the magic spell, by which my thoughts were bound, And burning dreams of light and love were wakened by that sound; My heart beat quick when stranger tongues, with idle praise or blame, Awoke its deepest thrill of life, to tremble at that name. Long years–long years h... »

The Child Of The Islands – Conclusion By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Child Of The Islands – Conclusion By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

The Child Of The Islands – Conclusion I. MY lay is ended! closed the circling year, From Spring’s first dawn to Winter’s darkling night; The moan of sorrow, and the sigh of fear, The ringing chords of triumph and delight Have died away,–oh, child of beauty bright,– And ... »

Sonnet I By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet I By Caroline Elizabeth Sarah

Sonnet I ON SEEING THE BUST OF THE YOUNG PRINCESS DE MONTFORT (In the studio of Bartolini, at Florence). SWEET marble I didst thou merely represent, In lieu of her on whom our glances rest, Some common loveliness,–we were content, As with a modell’d beauty, well express’d; But, by ... »

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