Happy birthday, Emily

July 30, 2017

In honor of the birthday of English novelist and poet Emily Brontë (1818-1848), here is a choral setting by Ola Gjeilo of one of her poems.

Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee
Shall Nature cease to bow?

Thy mind is ever moving
In regions dark to thee;
Recall its useless roving—
Come back and dwell with me.


Happy birthday, Emily

July 30, 2016

It’s the birthday of Emily Brontë (1818-1848), who is remembered — when she’s remembered at all — as the author of Wuthering Heights, her only novel. Not many know that she was also one of the finest English poets of the nineteenth century. Here is a choral setting by Ola Gjeilo of a fragment of one of her poems.

Few hearts to mortals given
On earth so wildly pine;
Yet none would ask a heaven
More like this earth than thine.

Then let my winds caress thee;
Thy comrade let me be—
Since nought beside can bless thee,
Return and dwell with me.


Happy birthday, Charlotte

April 21, 2016

It’s the 200th birthday of Charlotte Brontë — how the years fly by! Her first novel, Jane Eyre, was published around the time I started kindergarten, although I didn’t actually get around to reading it until I was in my teens. When I finally did, it marked the beginning of an enduring love affair with nineteenth century British literature that has been one of the greatest sources of joy in my life. Thanks, Charlotte!

 


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