Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Frances Anne Kemble 1809–93


BETTER trust all and be deceiv’d,

And weep that trust, and that deceiving,

Than doubt one heart that, if believ’d,

Had blessed one’s life with true believing.

Oh, in this mocking world, too fast

The doubting fiend o’ertakes our youth!

Better be cheated to the last

Than lose the blessèd hope of truth.