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An overview of the significance of the Brontës' Halifax connections

An audio recording of this essay, with music, can be heard here

The very first book to bear the family name of Brontë was printed in Halifax - the Reverend Patrick Brontë’s Cottage Poems, published in 1811.

My food is but spare, begins The Cottager’s Hymn,

And humble my cot,

Yet Jesus dwells there

And blesses my lot.

Such is the theme and style of the poetry. In the introduction, Patrick is forthright in his explanations of its purpose: Cottage Poems … is chiefly designed for the lower classes of society … For the convenience of the unlearned and poor, the Author has not written much… has aimed at simplicity, plainness, and perspicity, both in manner and style. The poems are fairly simple, their arguments easy to grasp, perhaps naïve in parts, yet coloured by a personalised conviction:

Though thinly I'm clad,

And tempests oft roll,

He's raiment, and bread,

And drink to my soul.

The Reverend, having traveled from Ireland to Shro…

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