Emily Brontë [pseud. Ellis Bell]

Derek Roper and Edward Chitham (eds), The Poems of Emily Brontë

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Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus160

  • 1Strong I stand though I have borne
  • 2Anger hate and bitter scorn
  • 3Strong I stand and laugh to see
  • 4How mankind have fought with me
  • Critical Apparatus5Shade of mistry I contemn
  • 6All the puny ways of men
  • pg 2087Free my heart my spirit free
  • 8Beckon and I'll follow thee
  • 13Thing of Dust—with boundless pride
  • 14Dare you ask me for a guide
  • 15With the humble I will be
  • 16Haughty men are naught to me

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Critical Apparatus
160. Text from D11
Editor’s Note
160. First published in 1902, with the date 'November 1887' above in brackets. The year is a misprint for 1837 and the date probably derives from 14 or 15, which precede 160 in D11 and in 1902.
Critical Apparatus
5 mistry] or mastry
Editor’s Note
9–16 The arrogance and misanthropy of the first speaker (and many of EB's speakers) is rebuked by the 'shade' who answers him.
Critical Apparatus
10 dis<t>dain
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