Author: Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell

A Poet’s Sonnet

If I should quit thee, sacrifice, forswear,
To what, my art, shall I give thee in keeping?
To the long winds of heaven? Shall these come sweeping
My songs forgone against my face and hair?

Or shall the mountain streams my lost joys bear,
My past poetic pain in the rain be weeping?
No, I shall live a poet waking, sleeping,
And I shall die a poet unaware.

From me, my art, thou canst not pass away;
And I, a singer though I cease to sing,
Shall own thee without joy in thee or woe.

Through my indifferent words of every day,
Scattered and all unlinked the rhymes shall ring
And make my poem; and I shall not know.


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Chicago: Alice Christiana Thompson Meynell, "A Poet’s Sonnet," Poems, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in Poems (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed May 30, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UIFFJJISNANVVJV.

MLA: Meynell, Alice Christiana Thompson. "A Poet’s Sonnet." Poems, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in Poems, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 30 May. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UIFFJJISNANVVJV.

Harvard: Meynell, AC, 'A Poet’s Sonnet' in Poems, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Poems, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 30 May 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=UIFFJJISNANVVJV.