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Adelaide Anne Proctor

  • Do not cheat thy Heart and tell her / 'Grief will pass away, / Hope for fairer times in future, / And forget to-day.' — / ... / Rather nurse her cagèd sorrow / 'Till the captive sings. / ... / Bid her with a strong clasp hold her / By her dusky wings — / Listening for the murmured blessing / Sorrow always brings.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Friend Sorrow," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • One by one the sands are flowing, / One by one the moments fall; / Some are coming, some are going; / Do not strive to grasp them all.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "One by One," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • Oh, these are Voices of the Past, / Links of a broken chain, / Wings that can bear me back to Times / Which cannot come again — / Yet God forbid that I should lose / The echoes that remain!

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Voices of the Past," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • ... mine enemy is Grief! ... And one of us must die!

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Grief," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • See how Time makes all grief decay ...

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Life in Death and Death in Life," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • Dwells within the soul of every Artist / More than all his effort can express; / And he knows the best remains unuttered, / Sighing at what we call his success.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Unexpressed," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • ... what the lips have lightly said / The heart will lightly hold.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Golden Words," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • The sun of every day will bleach / The costliest purple hue, / And so our common daily speech / Discolors what was true.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Golden Words," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • No star is ever lost we once have seen, / We always may be what we might have been ...

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "A Legend of Provence," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • The hopes that lost in some far distance seem, / May be the truer life, and this the dream.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "A Legend of Provence," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • Seated one day at the Organ, / I was weary and ill at ease, / And my fingers wandered idly / Over the noisy keys. / ... / But I struck one chord of music, / Like the sound of a great Amen.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "A Lost Chord," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • Half my life is full of sorrow, / Half of joy, still fresh and new; / One of these lives is a fancy, / But the other one is true.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Dream-Life," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • Jar one chord, the harp is silent; move one stone, the arch is shattered; / ... / One dark cloud can hide the sunlight; loose one string, the pearls are scattered; / Think one thought, a soul may perish; say one word, a heart may break!

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Philip and Mildred," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • Dreams grow holy, put in action ...

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Philip and Mildred," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • Nothing is our own: we hold our pleasures / Just a little while, ere they are fled: / One by one life robs us of our treasures: / Nothing is our own except our Dead.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Our Dead," Legends and Lyrics ()
  • I brought Good Desires, / Though as yet but seeds; / Let the New Year make them / Blossom into Deeds.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "The Old Year's Blessing," A Chaplet of Verses ()
  • Time's great gift can heal the fevers / Called Remembrance and Regret.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Milly's Expiation," A Chaplet of Verses ()
  • I know too well the poison and the sting / Of things too sweet.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • "Per Pacem ad Lucem," A Chaplet of Verses ()
  • The men are much alarmed by certain speculations about women; and well they may be, for when the horse and ass begin to think and argue, adieu to riding and driving.

    • Adelaide Anne Proctor,
    • letter to Anna Jameson (1838), in Gerardine Macpherson, Memoirs of the Life of Anna Jameson ()

Adelaide Anne Proctor, English poet, women's rights worker

(1825 - 1864)

She also wrote as Mary Berwick.