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Love and Friendship

Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree—
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?

The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?

Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He still may leave thy garland green.

Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë (1818-1848) is perhaps best remembered for her ground-breaking novel Wuthering Heights. The only poetry book published in her lifetime was a small anthology which included her own poems alongside those of her sisters Charlotte and Anne. It sold a mere two copies! However, after her death, her reputation grew and her poems have gone on to enthral readers around the world.