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Eliza Cook

  • How cruely sweet are the echoes that start / When memory plays an old tune on the heart.

    • Eliza Cook,
    • Lays of a Wild Harp
    • ()
  • The advantage of an enlightened, nay, even a common education, was denied me, lest Knowledge should only serve to foster Poetry, and make 'a sentimental fool' of me. I was left like a wild colt on the fresh and boundless common of Nature, to pick up a mouthful of Truth where I could.

  • I miss thee, my Mother! Thy image is still / The deepest impressed on my heart.

    • Eliza Cook,
    • "I Miss Thee, My Mother," The Poetical Works of Eliza Cook ()
  • Long as I've trod the world, I've found / Naught half so worthy as my hound ...

    • Eliza Cook,
    • "Melaia," The Poetical Works of Eliza Cook ()
  • I love it — I love it; and who shall dare / To chide me for loving that old arm-chair?

    • Eliza Cook,
    • "The Old Arm-Chair," The Poetical Works of Eliza Cook ()
  • There's a magical tie to the land of our home, / ... / Ask of any the spot they like best on the earth, / And they'll answer with pride, ''Tis the land of my birth!'

    • Eliza Cook,
    • "The Land of My Birth," The Poetical Works of Eliza Cook ()
  • Sweet is the hour that brings us home, / Where all will spring to meet us; / Where hands are striving, as we come, / To be the first to greet us.

    • Eliza Cook,
    • "The Welcome Back," The Poetical Works of Eliza Cook ()
  • Birds! birds! ye are beautiful things, / With your earth-treading feet and your cloud-cleaving wings!

    • Eliza Cook,
    • "Birds," The Poetical Works of Eliza Cook ()
  • On what strange stuff Ambition feeds!

    • Eliza Cook,
    • "Poor Hood," New Echoes ()
  • Better build schoolrooms for 'the boy,' / Than cells and gibbets for 'the man.'

    • Eliza Cook,
    • "A Song for the Ragged Schools," Eliza Cook's Journals, vols. 1-2 ()
  • That charity which longs to publish itself ceases to be charity.

    • Eliza Cook,
    • Eliza Cook's Journal ()

Eliza Cook, English poet

(1818 - 1889)