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Happy Birthday, Emily Brontë!


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Emily Brontë, circa 1833
Today marks what would be the 198th birthday of Emily Brontë, She is of course most famous as the author of Wuthering Heights, which I've yet to read, but I have read and enjoyed several of her poems, so I decided that today would be a good day to share one of them:

            No coward soul is mine
            No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere
            I see Heaven's glories shine
            And Faith shines equal arming me from Fear

            O God within my breast
            Almighty ever-present Deity
            Life, that in me hast rest,
            As I Undying Life, have power in Thee

            Vain are the thousand creeds
            That move men's hearts, unutterably vain,
            Worthless as withered weeds
            Or idlest froth amid the boundless main

            To waken doubt in one
            Holding so fast by thy infinity,
            So surely anchored on
            The steadfast rock of Immortality.

            With wide-embracing love
            Thy spirit animates eternal years
            Pervades and broods above,
            Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates and rears

            Though earth and moon were gone
            And suns and universes ceased to be
            And Thou wert left alone
            Every Existence would exist in thee

            There is not room for Death
            Nor atom that his might could render void
            Since thou art Being and Breath
            And what thou art may never be destroyed.

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