Alice Meynell

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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.


  • 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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