Elizabeth Barrett Browning March 1806 – 29 June was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era. Her poetry was widely popular in both England and the United States during her lifetime. Engraving 1859 by T.
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During the Victorian era, mourners sometimes collected their tears in gold decorated "tear bottles" to keep as a remembrance for the next of kin. It has also been said that the widows would go to the grave on the anniversary of the first year of death and sprinkle the tears on the grave to signify the end of the first year of mourning.