Though evidence suggests that most of this poem was written the previous year, it was completed shortly after Agnes Grey had been sent, along with Charlotte's The Professor, and Emily's Wuthering Heights, on its rounds of the publishers. The poem carries the same title as chapter 18 in Agnes Grey, though there is little similarity between the content of the two: in Agnes Grey, Agnes is summoned home on the death of her father just as she is enjoying a happy afternoon with Weston. The poem presents the dialogue between a happy and a sad speaker, where 'Zerona' is mourning her lover and her companion tries to cheer her.
Edward Chitham suggest that there is a slight possibility that the poem is based on a conversation which took place between Anne and Emily, who may be supposed to be mourning in sympathy with Branwell.
(See also: Chitham, 'The Poems of Anne Brontë', p.130 & p.190)
|'O cast away your sorrow; --
A while, at least, be gay!
If grief must come tomorrow,
At least, be glad today!
'How can you still be sighing
'The sunshine glows so brightly
'I always feel the deepest gloom
'For, in the brightest noontide glow,
'If he must sit in twilight gloom,
'My heart may well be desolate, --
'But think of him tomorrow,
'Hark, how their merry voices
'When others' hearts most lightly bound
'I think of him whose faintest smile
'I think how he would bless that sun,
'Those sparkling eyes, that blessed me so,
'What waste of youth, what hopes destroyed,
'O! if my love must suffer so --
|'Monday Night'||'Mirth And Mourning'||Untitled ('Weep Not')|
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