George Meredith

(12 February 1828 – 18 May 1909 / Portsmouth, England)

Angela Burdett-Coutts - Poem by George Meredith

Long with us, now she leaves us; she has rest
Beneath our sacred sod:
A woman vowed to Good, whom all attest,
The daylight gift of God.


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  • Susan Williams (2/12/2017 11:10:00 PM)


    ABOUT ANGELA BURDETT-COUTTS- -the richest heiress in England. She became a notable subject of public curiosity, receiving numerous offers of marriage.
    Burdett-Coutts spent part of each year at Ehrenberg Hall in Torquay with her former governess and later companion Hannah Brown, to whom she was devoted. When Brown died in 1878, Burdett-Coutts wrote to a friend that she was utterly crushed by the loss of my poor darling, the companion and sunshine of my life for 52 years.
    She was a great friend of both Charles Dickens and the Duke of Wellington, and she proposed to the Duke despite the great disparity in their ages
    Three years later, when she was 67, she shocked polite society by marrying her 29-year-old secretary, the American-born William Lehman Ashmead Bartlett,
    Angela Burdett-Coutts spent the majority of her wealth on scholarships, endowments, and a wide range of philanthropic causes. One of her earliest philanthropic acts was to co-found (with Charles Dickens) a home for young women who had turned to a life of immorality, including theft and prostitution.
    She avoided taking sides in partisan politics, but was actively interested in improving the condition of indigenous Africans, or the education and relief of the poor or suffering in any part of the world. Though she made no special distinction of creed in her charities, Burdett-Coutts was a notable benefactor of the Church of England, building two churches – including St Stephen's in Rochester Row, Westminster – and endowing church schools.
    She endowed the bishoprics of Cape Town and Adelaide (1847) , and the founding bishopric of British Columbia (1857) .She also supported the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in 1883, and founded the Westminster Technical Institute in 1893, and was closely involved with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) .
    Burdett-Coutts founded Columbia Market in 1869, in Bethnal Green in the East End of London, the district where much of her work was carried out. With her project in Columbia Square she became a pioneer in social housing.[Through her support of missionary and nursing efforts she was associated with Louisa Twining and Florence Nightingale.[WIKIPEDIA]
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  • Amar Agarwala (2/12/2017 7:46:00 PM)


    A short but meaningful poem. Seems like an elegy. (Report) Reply

  • (2/12/2017 5:41:00 PM)

    Angela Burdett-Coutts
    Nice tribute and a shining light to all who knew her.. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/12/2017 4:35:00 PM)


    Being good...... erratum (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/12/2017 4:34:00 PM)


    Bring good is a gift from God..... Nice poem... (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (2/12/2017 3:45:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a god poem giving thanks to a woman of good. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/12/2017 2:29:00 AM)

    Beneath!
    She has rest. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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