Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Rose and a Poem {Tuesday Muse}

 The Narrow Way
by Anne Brontë, 1848

Believe not those who say
The upward path is smooth,
Lest thou shouldst stumble in the way
And faint before the truth.

It is the only road
Unto the realms of joy;
But he who seeks that blest abode
Must all his powers employ.

Bright hopes and pure delights 
Upon his course may beam,
And there amid the sternest heights,
The sweetest flowerets gleam; --

On all her breezes borne
Earth yields no scents like those;
But he, that dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.

Arm, arm thee for the fight!
Cast useless loads away:
Watch through the darkest hours of night;
Toil through the hottest day.

Crush pride into the dust,
Or thou must needs be slack;
And trample down rebellious lust,
Or it will hold thee back.

Seek not thy treasure here;
Waive pleasure and renown;
The World's dread scoff undaunted bear,
And face its deadliest frown.

To labour and to love,
To pardon and endure,
To lift thy heart to God above,
And keep thy conscience pure, --

Be this thy constant aim,
Thy hope and thy delight, --
What matters who should whisper blame,
Or who should scorn or slight?

What matters -- if thy God approve,
And if within thy breast,
Thou feel the comfort of his love,
The earnest of his rest?

Do you have a favorite poet or poem?

Sharing with
Tuesday Muse


  1. Prachtig gedicht in combinatie met deze mooie bewerking.

    1. Thank you, Nic. Roses are indeed beautiful, as is the poem. Appreciate you stopping by today.

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie! Hopped over to your blog and loved your post today :)

  3. I have never read this before. It's beautiful. I really like the way you have represented it with the rose as well and the passage you chose.

    1. Thank you, Kara! I love reading poetry and she wrote quite a bit.

  4. beautiful beautiful beautiful ... the photo and the poem ... perfect together.

  5. What an enjoyable read, Anne. I have not read this poem before - so glad you shared with us. And your photo...breathtaking!

    Hugs to you!

    1. Thank you, ma'am :) I hadn't read this particular one of Anne's but found it perfect for my photo.

  6. Wonderful not read the poem before....

  7. A lovely poem to go with an even lovelier photo!

    1. Oh, thank you! I so appreciate your coming by and leaving encouraging words. Have a blessed day!

  8. Lovely picture; the B&W is stunning, Anne! Neat poem too.

    The Rancher is thinking he wants to re-plant with Ash Trees.

    1. Thanks, Robyn! Those will be lovely trees! I hope they live longer than the others.

  9. Beautiful and truth-filled poem. I love the picture! :)

    1. Thanks, Evangeline! I just almost swoon over this one. It speaks to my soul!

  10. your photo is lovely beautiful and I so enjoyed AB's poem.

  11. Such passionate words. Just beautiful!
    A favorite poem / poet..
    I'm a Henry David Thoreau fan.. Oliver Wendell Holmes.. Ralph Waldo Emerson.. I'm going to think on that for a bit today!

    1. Amanda, I love all of those poets! I thought Anne's poem quite passionate, as well. Even more so when I read it aloud!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy. Picmonkey is pretty cool :) I went ahead and subscribed for a month to see how I like it.

  13. Lovely poem by a Bronte sister, and the photo is elegant, with the side lighting. This is a beautiful and peaceful post.

    1. I was quite taken with Anne's poem. She wrote such lovely verse. Played around with Picmonkey on the photo and I was very happt with the outcome. Thanks so much for stopping by, Sharon.

  14. Wonderful combination of photo and poem. It think my favorite poem is the one by Frost the road least taken... not sure if that is the title but it seems to fit me right now. I am so glad that I can inspire your photography! I can't wait to see your soft water photos. Use a tripod if you have one. I cheated since I was on a long hike.

    1. I'll have to look that one up, Andrea. My husband bought me a tripod last night! It's not expensive one but it will do. I'm so excited to try it out on waterfalls. Not sure when that will be but I hope soon :)


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