Love Stronger than Death

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Agnes Mary Frances Robinson

Agnes Mary Frances Robinson published this poem in her 1878 collection A Handful of Honeysuckle about being separated from her female lover in death. A few years later, Robinson developed a relationship with Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) that continued until 1888.


I DREAMED my Lady and I were dead
  And dust was either heart;
Our bodies in one grave were laid,
  Our souls went far apart,
Hers with the saints for aye to dwell
And mine to lie and pine in Hell.

But when my Lady looked for me
  And found her quest in vain,
For all that bless├ęd company
  She nothing knew but pain.
She cried: "How feigned your praising is!
Your God is love, and love I miss."

The hills whereon her tear-drops fell
  Were white with lily-flowers,
They made the burning caves of Hell
  As green as Eden-bowers,
Unloosed my tongue, my fetters broke,
"Prais├ęd be love," I cried and woke.

Title of volume of first printing
A Handful of Honeysuckle
C. Kegan Paul & Co.
Page numbers in original volume