Ada Cambridge Poems! Ada Cambridge (1844-1926), writer, was born on 21 November 1844 at St Germans, Norfolk, England, daughter of Henry Cambridge, gentleman farmer, and his spouse Thomasina, née Emmerson, a doctor’s daughter. She grew up in Downham, Norfolk, a perceptive and cherished child, gaining knowledge of little from a succession of governesses however studying extensively and delighting in the fen united states of America of her birth. Devout Anglicanism stimulated her first modest publications, Hymns on the Litany and Two Surplices. A Tale (London, 1865). On 25 April 1870 at Holy Trinity, Ely, she married George Frederick Cross, a curate dedicated to colonial service; on 19 August they landed in Melbourne.
Alone! Alone! No beacon, far or near! No chart, no compass, and no anchor stay!O what is life, if we must hold it thus as wind-blown sparks hold momentary fire?Have all the hopes of ages come to naught? Is life no more with noble meaning fraught?