Archive for the ‘Elizabeth Barrett Browning’ Category

Can it be right to give what I can give?

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
Venitian glass

To let thee sit beneath the fall of tears
As salt as mine, and hear the sighing years
Re-sighing on my lips renunciative
Through those infrequent smiles which fail to live…

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The face of all the world is changed… since first I heard the footsteps of thy soul

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
grand canyon

Move still, oh, still, beside me, as they stole
Betwixt me and the dreadful outer brink
Of obvious death, where I, who thought to sink,
Was caught up into love, and taught the whole…

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Love, mere love, is beautiful indeed

Monday, February 8th, 2010
sunset love

And worthy of acceptation. Fire is bright,
Let temple burn, or flax; and equal light
Leaps in the flame from cedar-plank or weed:
And love is fire. And when I say at need…

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What bitter wrong can the earth do to us, that we should not long be here contented?

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

When our two souls stand up erect and strong,
Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher,
Until the lengthening wings break into fire
At either curvèd point…

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My poet, thou canst touch on all the notes

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

…God set between His After and Before,
And strike up and strike off the general roar
Of the rushing world a melody that floats
In a serene air purely. Antidotes…

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The cypress stood up like a church, that night we felt our love would hold

Friday, February 5th, 2010

And saintly moonlight seemed to search
And wash the whole world clean as gold;
The olives crystallized the vales’
Broad slopes until the hills grew strong:
The fireflies and the nightingales…

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How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Saturday, September 12th, 2009
red rosebud

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s…

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