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Mary E. Coleridge
“Be still, my beating heart, be still!”
“Strange Power, I know not what thou art, / Murderer or mistress of my heart. / I know I'd rather meet the blow / Of my most unrelenting foe / Than live — as now I live — to be / Slain twenty times a day by thee.”
“The fruits of the tree of knowledge are various; he must be strong indeed who can digest all of them.”
“... qualities absolutely necessary for a historian: (1) Imagination. (2) Prejudice. (3) The power of writing your own biography at the same time.”
“How often one talks not to hear what the other person has got to say, but to hear what one has got to say oneself!”
“Tired of the daily round, / And tired of all my being; / My ears are tired with sound, / And mine eyes with seeing.”
“Grief, I have cursed thee often — now at last / To hate thy name I am no longer free; / Caught in thy bony arms and prisoned fast, / I love no love but thee.”
“The brain's asleep before its time. / I would that thou hadst died outright, / And I had seen thee, in thy prime, / Go half to darkness, half to light!”
“Eyes, what are they? Colored glass, / Where reflections come and pass. / Open windows — by them sit / Beauty, Learning, Love, and Wit.”
“Others may woo thee, Sleep; so will not I. / Dear is each minute of my conscious breath, / Hard fate, that, ere the time be come to die, / Myself, to live, must nightly mimic death.”
Mary E. Coleridge, English poet, writer
(1861 - 1907)
Full name: Mary Elizabeth Coleridge.