Adelaide Anne Procter

Adelaide Anne Procter (30 October 1825 – 2 February 1864) was an English poet and philanthropist. She worked prominently on behalf of unemployed women and the homeless, and was actively involved with feminist groups and journals. Procter never married. She became unhealthy, possibly due to her charity work, and died of tuberculosis at the age of 38.

A False Genius by Adelaide Anne Procter

I see a Spirit by thy side,Purple-winged and eagle-eyed,Looking like a Heavenly guide.Though he seem so bright and fair,Ere thou trust his proffered care,Pause a little, ...

The Angel’s Story by Adelaide Anne Procter

Through the blue and frosty heavensChristmas stars were shining bright;Glistening lamps throughout the CityAlmost matched their gleaming light;While the winter snow was l ...

Judge Not by Adelaide Anne Procter

Judge not; the workings of his brainAnd of his heart thou canst not see;What looks to thy dim eyes a stain,In God’s pure light may only beA scar, brought from some well-w ...

My Picture by Adelaide Anne Procter

Stand this way–more near the window–By my desk–you see the lightFalling on my picture better–Thus I see it while I write!Who the head may be I know not,But it has a stude ...

Friend Sorrow by Adelaide Anne Procter

Do not cheat thy Heart and tell her,“Grief will pass away,Hope for fairer times in future,And forget to-day.”–Tell her, if you will, that sorrowNeed not come in vain;Tell ...

True Honours by Adelaide Anne Procter

Is my darling tired already,Tired of her day of play?Draw your little stool beside me,Smooth this tangled hair away.Can she put the logs together,Till they make a cheerfu ...

A Doubting Heart by Adelaide Anne Procter

Where are the swallows fled?Frozen and dead,Perchance upon some bleak and stormy shore.Oh doubting heart!Far over purple seas,They wait, in sunny ease,The balmy southern ...

A Dead Past by Adelaide Anne Procter

Spare her at least: look, you have taken from meThe Present, and I murmur not, nor moan;The Future too, with all her glorious promise;But do not leave me utterly alone.Sp ...