by Emily Brontë (1818 - 1848)

Heavy hangs the raindrop
Language: English 
Heavy hangs the raindrop
From the burdened spray
Heavy broods the damp mist
On uplands far away

Heavy looms the dull sky
Heavy rolls the sea
And heavy beats the young heart
Beneath that lonely tree

Never has a blue streak
Cleft the clouds since morn
Never has his grim fate
Smiled since he was born

Frowning on the infant,
Shadowing childhood's joy
Guardian angel knows not
That melancholy boy

Day is passing swiftly
Its sad and sombre prime
Youth is fast invading
Sterner manhood's' time

All the flowers are praying
For sun before they close
And he prays too unknowing
That sunless human rose

Blossoms that the west-wind
Has never wooed to blow
Scentless are thy petals
Your dew as cold as snow

Soul, where kindred kindness
No early promise woke
Barren is your beauty
As weed upon the rock

Whither [brother]1 whither
[Your life was]2 vainly given
Earth reserves no blessing
For the unblessed of heaven

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Note: in the Fisk work, this is sung by Earnshaw
1 Bronte: "brothers"
2 Bronte: "you were"


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Researcher for this text: Terry Fisk

This text was added to the website: 2004-03-20
Line count: 36
Word count: 158