by Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848)
Translation by Terry Fisk

Stern reason is to judgment come
Language: English  after the English 
Stern reason is to judgment come
Arrayed in all her forms of gloom
Will thou my advocate be dumb?

Speak and say
Why I did cast the world away
Why I have preserved to shun
The common paths that others run

And on a strange road journeyed on
Heedless alike of wealth and power
Of honours wreath and pleasures flower..

Speak and say
Why I have chosen

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Note: in the Fisk work, this is sung by Lockwood
Note: Fisk has made substantial omissions from the original text


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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Researcher for this text: Terry Fisk

This text was added to the website: 2004-02-05
Line count: 13
Word count: 68