Later Poems

Author: Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell

A Poet’s Wife

I saw a tract of ocean locked in-land
Within a field’s embrace -
The very sea! Afar it fled the strand
And gave the seasons chase,
And met the night alone, the tempest spanned,
Saw sunrise face to face.

O Poet, more than ocean, lonelier!
In inaccessible rest
And storm remote, thou, sea of thoughts, dost stir,
Scattered through east to west, -
Now, while thou closest with the kiss of her
Who locks thee to her breast.


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Chicago: Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell, "A Poet’s Wife," Later Poems, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Later Poems (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed December 6, 2023,

MLA: Meynell, Alice Christiana Thompson. "A Poet’s Wife." Later Poems, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Later Poems, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 6 Dec. 2023.

Harvard: Meynell, AC, 'A Poet’s Wife' in Later Poems, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Later Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 6 December 2023, from