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 one of her poems.
When days of beauty deck the earth Or stormy nights descend How well my spirit knows the path On which it ought to wend
It seeks the consecrated spot Beloved in childhood’s years The space between is all forgot Its sufferings and its tears.