Alice Meynell

(22 September 1847 - 27 November 1922 / London)

Quotations

  • ''From the shaken tower
    A flock of bells take flight,
    And go with the hour.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet (Mrs. Wilfrid Meynell). Chimes (l. 2-4). . . Come Hither. Walter de la Mare, comp. (3d ed., 1957) Alfred A. Knopf.
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  • ''Thou art the Way.
    Hadst Thou been nothing but the goal,
    I cannot say
    If Thou hadst ever met my soul.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet (Mrs. Wilfrid Meynell). "I Am the Way," (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Modern Verse, The, 1892-1935. William Butler Yeats, ed. (1936) Oxford University Press.
  • ''The sense of humour has other things to do
    than to make itself conspicuous in the act
    of laughter.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. Laughter.
  • ''If there is a look of human eyes that tells of perpetual loneliness, so there is also the familiar look that is the sign of perpetual crowds.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "Solitude," Essays (1914).
  • ''Let a man turn to his own childhood—no further—if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The Illusion of Historic Time," Essays (1914).
  • ''A child is beset with long traditions. And his infancy is so old, so old, that the mere adding of years in the life to follow will not seem to throw it further back—it is already so far.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The Illusion of Historic Time," Essays (1914).
  • ''She walks—the lady of my delight—
    A shepherdess of sheep.
    Her flocks are thoughts. She keeps them white;
    She guards them from the steep.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet (Mrs. Wilfrid Meynell). The Shepherdess (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''She is so circumspect and right;
    She has her soul to keep.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet (Mrs. Wilfrid Meynell). The Shepherdess (l. 15-16). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Spirit of place! It is for this we travel, to surprise its subtlety; and where it is a strong and dominant angel, that place, seen once, abides entire in the memory with all its own accidents, its habits, its breath, its name.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The Spirit of Place," Essays (1914).
  • ''The true colour of life is the colour of the body, the colour of the covered red, the implicit and not explicit red of the living heart and the pulses. It is the modest colour of the unpublished blood.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The True Colour of Life," Essays (1914).

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After Parting

Farewell has long been said; I have forgone thee;
I never name thee even.
But how shall I learn virtues and yet shun thee?
For thou art so near Heaven
That Heavenward meditations pause upon thee.

Thou dost beset the path to every shrine;
My trembling thoughts discern
Thy goodness in the good for which I pine;

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