Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell/Stanzas (Acton)

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Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell  (1846) 
Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë
Stanzas
London: Smith, Elder and Co. pages 59-60

STANZAS.

Oh, weep not, love! each tear that springs
 In those dear eyes of thine,
To me a keener suffering brings,
 Than if they flowed from mine.


And do not droop! however drear
 The fate awaiting thee;
For my sake combat pain and care,
 And cherish life for me!


I do not fear thy love will fail;
 Thy faith is true, I know;
But, oh, my love! thy strength is frail
 For such a life of woe.


Were 't not for this, I well could trace
 (Though banished long from thee,)
Life's rugged path, and boldly face
 The storms that threaten me.


Fear not for me—I've steeled my mind
 Sorrow and strife to greet;
Joy with my love I leave behind,
 Care with my friends I meet.


A mother's sad reproachful eye,
 A father's scowling brow—
But he may frown and she may sigh:
 I will not break my vow!


I love my mother, I revere
 My sire, but fear not me—
Believe that Death alone can tear
 This faithful heart from thee.

Acton.