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The Night is Darkening round Me

The Complete Poems of Emily Brontė (1923, d75) 
composed 1837 (19)

THE night is darkening round me, 
The wild winds coldly blow ; 
But a tyrant spell has bound me, 
And I cannot, cannot go. 

The giant trees are bending 
Their bare boughs weighed with snow ; 
The storm is fast descending, 
And yet I cannot go. 

Clouds beyond clouds above me, 
Wastes beyond wastes below ; 
But nothing drear can move me :
I will not, cannot go.


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