224th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 224th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2013 Dive Into Poetry Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Check out the stops on the 2013 National Poetry Month Blog Tour and the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Anne Brontë:

Last Lines

I hoped, that with the brave and strong,
      My portioned task might lie;
To toil amid the busy throng,
      With purpose pure and high.

But God has fixed another part,
      And He has fixed it well;
I said so with my bleeding heart,
      When first the anguish fell.

A dreadful darkness closes in
      On my bewildered mind;
Oh, let me suffer and not sin,
      Be tortured, yet resigned.

Shall I with joy thy blessings share
      And not endure their loss?
Or hope the martyr's crown to wear
      And cast away the cross?

Thou, God, hast taken our delight,
      Our treasured hope away;
Thou bidst us now weep through the night
      And sorrow through the day.

These weary hours will not be lost,
      These days of misery,
These nights of darkness, anguish-tost,
      Can I but turn to Thee.

Weak and weary though I lie,
      Crushed with sorrow, worn with pain,
I may lift to Heaven mine eye,
      And strive to labour not in vain;

That inward strife against the sins
      That ever wait on suffering
To strike whatever first begins:
      Each ill that would corruption bring;

That secret labour to sustain
      With humble patience every blow;
To gather fortitude from pain,
      And hope and holiness from woe.

Thus let me serve Thee from my heart,
      Whate'er may be my written fate:
Whether thus early to depart,
      Or yet a while to wait.

If thou shouldst bring me back to life,
      More humbled I should be;
More wise, more strengthened for the strife,
      More apt to lean on Thee.

Should death be standing at the gate,
      Thus should I keep my vow;
But, Lord! whatever be my fate,
      Oh, let me serve Thee now!

What do you think?

Mailbox Monday #185

Mailbox Mondays (click the icon to check out the new blog) has gone on tour since Marcia at A Girl and Her Books, formerly The Printed Page passed the torch. This month’s host is Mrs. Q Book Addict.

The meme allows bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week.

Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists.

Here’s what I received:

1.  The Healer of Fox Hollow by Joann Rose Leonard for a July TLC tour.

2.  The Song Remains the Same by Allison Winn Scotch, which I won from Peeking Between the Pages.

3. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner, which I got from the library sale for 50 cents.

4. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte, which I got from the library sale for 50 cents.

5. Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors, which I got from the library sale for 50 cents.

6. Travels With Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck, which I got from the library sale for 50 cents.

7. Ines of my Soul by Isabelle Allende, which I got for $1 from the library sale.

8. The Sesame Street Library Volume 7, which I got for Wiggles for 50 cents.

9. The Sesame Street Library Volume 9, which I got for Wiggles for 50 cents.

10. The Sesame Street Library Volume 14, which I got for Wiggles for 50 cents.

11. I Can Count to Ten and Back Again, which I got for Wiggles for 50 cents.

What did you receive?