Long ago I wished to leave
” The house where I was born; ”
Long ago I used to grieve,
My home seemed so forlorn.
In other years, its silent rooms
Were filled with haunting fears;
Now, their very memory comes
O’ercharged with tender tears.
Life and marriage I have known,
Things once deemed so bright;
Now, how utterly is flown
Every ray of light !
‘Mid the unknown sea of life
I no blest isle have found;
At last, through all its wild wave’s strife,
My bark is homeward bound.
Farewell, dark and rolling deep !
Farewell, foreign shore !
Open, in unclouded sweep,
Thou glorious realm before !
Yet, though I had safely pass’d
That weary, vexed main,
One loved voice, through surge and blast,
Could call me back again.
Though the soul’s bright morning rose
O’er Paradise for me,
William ! even from Heaven’s repose
I’d turn, invoked by thee !
Storm nor surge should e’er arrest
My soul, exulting then:
All my heaven was once thy breast,
Would it were mine again !
Wow , there’s a lot occurring in this poem. Obviously one is longing for their home. The way the house is delineated suggests it’s referring to her family home before marriage, however this could also be a metaphor. Her home could be her husband/ the person she loves and who has left her – most likely passed away as the word “Heaven” is displayed. What does she regret though? That she took it all for granted? How it all passed by so quickly and she needed more time? Tell me your views! I sense regret, there’s always regret when one doesn’t realise something till its gone. I adore the rhythm of the poem with the ABAB rhyming pattern, theres a lot of exclamation marks too so bless Charlotte Bronte – she must have been really into this poem whilst writing it 😛 .