Thursday, 26 June 2008

Elizabeth Charles

To know how to say what others only know how to think
is what makes men poets or sages,
and to dare to say what others only dare to think
makes men martyrs or reformers or both.

- Elizabeth Rundle Charles
1828 - 1896

How very interesting. I liked this quotation so very much, but realised I knew nothing about the woman who said it. So I googled and wiki'd her to find out more. This lady wrote Christian hymns! Perhaps I sang some of them back in school. Tennyson was impressed by her poetry, and she was also a prolific writer of over 50 books of a semi-religious nature.

"She is described in Allibone's Dictionary of Authors as one who had reputation as a linguist, painter, musician, poet, and preëminently as the author of The Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family, 1863"

Hmm. Who are they? And why did they need a book written about them? Shall have to google THAT and get back to you!

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