Gondal Poems. Now First Published From The Ms. In The British Museum

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Gondal Poems. Now First Published From The Ms. In The British Museum PDF ebook download Love this tiny old book - "A first edition published from the MS. in the British Museum." Lovely thick stock pages with hot metal typesetting — just beautiful. Inside on a page opposite the typed text is Emily's handwritten notes in the tiniest size imaginable, including her revisions and dated in the top right corner. Her poetry is beautiful.

COME, the wind may never again
Blow as now it blows for us
And the stars may never again, shine as now they shine.
Long before October returns
Seas of Blood will have parted us
And you must crush the love in your heart
And I, the love in mine!

For Face to face will our kindred stand
And as they are so we shall be,
Forgetting how the same sweet earth has borne and nourished all—
One must fight for the people's power
And one for the rights of Royalty
And each be ready to give his life to work the other's fall.

The chance of war we cannot shun
Nor would we shrink from our father's cause
Nor dread Death more because the hand that gives it may be dear,
We must bear to see Ambition rule
Over Love, with his iron laws;
Must yield our blood for a stranger's sake and refuse ourselves a tear!

So, the wind may never again
Blow as now it blows for us
And the stars may never again shine as now they shine.
Next October, the cannon's roar
From hostile ranks may be urging us—
Me to strike for your life's blood and you to strike for mine.

(Published in The Life and Eager Death of Emily Bronte, 1844)

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