A Caris Brooke Poem: Then and Now

by Anna Blanch on March 11, 2011

Then and Now
OH the beautiful breathing earth,
Clad in purple and decked with gold,
Oh the wealth of blossom ! the song of birds,
The love that was told and untold!

Oh the madness of Summer everywhere.
In the still rapt sky and the wooing air.
And we who were nothing, only a part
Of the throbbing passionate mother-heart!

Oh the bitter desolate sea
Wild with hunger and waste with woe.
Wailing the pain of speechless souls
In its restless ebb and flow!

Oh the sob of life ! oh the dirge of death,
That moaned in its voice, and breathed in its

And you and I, who stood by the shore
Alone and apart for evermore !
             — Caris Brooke.

Caris Brooke was the pseudonym of Saretta Green, the step sister of E.Nesbit. It was included in the Easter 
Tide Collection published in 1888 by E.P.Dutton.


Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland where she’s presently writing her PhD thesis on E.Nesbit. She is also a regular contributor to Transpositions.

  • http://www.theartofthegoodlife.blogspot.com Jarrod Longbons

    What a lovely poem. Much of my research is on nature/culture dualism, and how the Creational view of the world dissolves this imagined difference. Simply put, humans are just as "natural" as anything else; we are part of one cosmic scheme: creation.

    Thanks for posting this.
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