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Alice Meynell

English publisher, editor, writer, poet, activist
Alice Meynell, 1912

Alice Christiana Gertrude Thompson Meynell (22 September 184727 November 1922) was an English writer, editor, critic, and suffragist, now remembered mainly as a poet.

QuotesEdit

  • I came from nothing; but from where
    Come these undying thoughts I bear?
    • Opening lines of "A Song of Derivations". In Poems (London: John Lane, 1896) this poem is titled "The Modern Poet: A Song of Derivations". In later editions of Poems, it is titled "A Poet's Fancies VIII: A Song of Derivations".
  • It is easy to replace man, and it will take no great time, where Nature has lapsed, to replace Nature.
    • "The Colour of Life" in The Colour of Life and Other Essays on Things Seen and Heard (London: John Lane, 1896), p. 4.
  • She walks—the lady of my delight—
    A shepherdess of sheep.
    Her flocks are thoughts. She keeps them white;
    She keeps them from the steep
  • Compassion in the highest degree is the divinest form of religion.
    • "Introductory Note" to The Poetry of Pathos & Delight: From the Works of Coventry Patmore; Passages Selected by Alice Meynell (London: William Heinemann, 1906), p. xi.

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