Love and Friendship

Love and Friendship
By Emily Brontë

Love is like the wild rose-briar,

Friendship like the holly-tree—

The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms

But which will bloom most constantly?


The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,

Its summer blossoms scent the air;

Yet wait till winter comes again

And who will call the wild-briar fair?


Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now

And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,

That when December blights thy brow

He still may leave thy garland green.

About the author

Emily Jane Brontë (30 July 1818 – 19 December 1848) was born in the parsonage at Thornton in Yorkshire to the Reverend Patrick Brontë and Maria Branwell Brontë, the fifth of their sixth children after Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte, and Branwell and the only daughter to be given a middle name. She was an English novelist and poet,  best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, which is now considered a classic of English literature.

She also published 1 book of poetry with her sisters Charlotte and Anne titled Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Her own poems were highly regarded. She published under the pen name Ellis Bell.

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