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Alice Meynell

(22 September 1847 - 27 November 1922 / London)

Quotations

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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 It is the modest colour of the unpublished blood.''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).
  • ''It is easy to replace man, and it will take no great time, when Nature has lapsed, to replace Nature.''
    Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The True Colour of Life," Essays (1914).

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The Shepherdess

She walks-the lady of my delight-
A shepherdess of sheep.
Her flocks are thoughts. She keeps them white;
She keeps them from the steep;
She feeds them on the fragrant height,
And folds them in for sleep.

She roams maternal hills and bright,
Dark valleys safe and deep.

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