Emily Brontë
Stanzas [Often rebuked, yet always back returning] (c. 1846)

 

Often rebuked, yet always back returning

 

To those first feelings that were born with me,

 

And leaving busy chase of wealth and learning

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For idle dreams of things which cannot be:

   
 

Today, I will not seek the shadowy region;

 

Its unsustaining vastness waxes drear;

 

And visions rising, legion after legion,

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Bring the unreal world too strangely near.

   
 

Iíll walk, but not in old heroic traces,

 

And not in paths of high morality,

 

And not among the half-distinguished faces,

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The clouded forms of long-past history.

   
 

Iíll walk where my own nature would be leading:

 

It vexes me to choose another guide:

 

Where the grey flocks in ferny glens are feeding;

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Where the wild wind blows on the mountain-side.

   
 

What have those lonely mountains worth revealing?

 

More glory, and more grief, than I can tell:

 

The earth that wakes one human heart to feeling

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Can centre both the worlds of Heaven and Hell.