Adelaide Procter Poems

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Adelaide Procter
Adelaide Anne Procter (October 30, 1825 February 2, 1864), an English poet, was the eldest daughter of the poet Bryan Procter. In 1851, Procter became a Roman Catholic. She took much interest in social questions affecting women. She wrote the well-known songs Cleansing Fires and The Lost Chord, and among her many hymns are I do not ask, O Lord, that Life may be, and My God, I thank Thee who hast made. She began to contribute to Household Words in 1853 and adopted the name of "Mary Berwick," so that the editor, Charles Dickens, should not be prejudiced by his friendship for the Procters. Many of her poems were first published in Household Words and All the Year Round and afterwards collected under the title of Legends and Lyrics, of which many editions appeared.

the bread-knife ballad
 
 
A little child was sitting upon her mother's knee
and down her cheeks the bitter tears did flow... [read poem]
a pot of tea
 
 
You make it in your mess-tin by the brazier's rosy gleam;
You watch it cloud, then settle amber... [read poem]
a lost chord
 
 
SEATED one day at the Organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idl... [read poem]
the cremation of sam mcgee
 
 
There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arc... [read poem]
the march of the dead
 
 
The cruel war was over -- oh, the triumph was so sweet!
We watched the troops returning, th... [read poem]
the rover
 
 
Oh, how good it is to be
Foot-loose and heart-free!
Just my dog and pipe and I, underneath... [read poem]
why dost thou shade thy lovely face?
 
 
Why dost thou shade thy lovely face? Oh, why
Does that eclipsing hand so long deny
The sun... [read poem]
the law of the yukon
 
 
This is the law of the Yukon, and ever she makes it plain:
"Send not your foolish and feeble; s... [read poem]
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