Robert Browning
Life In A Love by Robert Browning

Life In A Love by Robert Browning

Escape me?Never---Beloved!While I am I, and you are you,So long as the world contains us both,Me the loving and you the lothWhile the one eludes, must the other pursue. My life ...

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My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

My Last Duchess by Robert Browning

FERRARA.That's my last Duchess painted on the wall,Looking as if she were alive.I callThat piece a wonder, now: Fr Pandolf's handsWorked busily a day, and there she ...

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Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning

Porphyria’s Lover by Robert Browning

The rain set early in to-night,The sullen wind was soon awake,It tore the elm-tops down for spite,And did its worst to vex the lake:I listened with heart fit to break.When ...

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A Pretty Woman by Robert Browning

A Pretty Woman by Robert Browning

I.That fawn-skin-dappled hair of hers,And the blue eyeDear and dewy,And that infantine fresh air of hers! II.To think men cannot take you, Sweet,And enfold you,Ay, and hold ...

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A Lovers’ Quarrel by Robert Browning

A Lovers’ Quarrel by Robert Browning

I. Oh, what a dawn of day! How the March sun feels like May!All is blue againAfter last night's rain, And the South dries the hawthorn-spray.Only, my Love's away! I'd as lief ...

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After by Robert Browning

After by Robert Browning

Take the cloak from his face, and at firstLet the corpse do its worst!How he lies in his rights of a man!Death has done all death can.And, absorbed in the new life he leads,He ...

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A Woman’s Last Word by Robert Browning

A Woman’s Last Word by Robert Browning

I.Let's contend no more, Love,Strive nor weep:All be as before, Love,---Only sleep! II.What so wild as words are?I and thouIn debate, as birds are,Hawk on bough! III.See the ...

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Bishop Blougram’s Apology by Robert Browning

Bishop Blougram’s Apology by Robert Browning

NO more wine? then we'll push back chairs and talk. A final glass for me, though: cool, i' faith! We ought to have our Abbey back, you see. It's different, preaching in ...

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A Grammarian’s Funeral Shortly After The Revival Of Learnin by Robert Browning

A Grammarian’s Funeral Shortly After The Revival Of Learnin by Robert Browning

Let us begin and carry up this corpse,Singing together.Leave we the common crofts, the vulgar thorpesEach in its tetherSleeping safe on the bosom of the plain,Cared-for till ...

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Evelyn Hope by Robert Browning

Evelyn Hope by Robert Browning

I.Beautiful Evelyn Hope is dead!Sit and watch by her side an hour.That is her book-shelf, this her bed,She plucked that piece of geranium-flower,Beginning to die too, in the ...

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Women And Roses by Robert Browning

Women And Roses by Robert Browning

I.I dream of a red-rose tree.And which of its roses threeIs the dearest rose to me? II.Round and round, like a dance of snowIn a dazzling drift, as its guardians, goFloating the ...

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Meeting At Night by Robert Browning

Meeting At Night by Robert Browning

I.The grey sea and the long black land,And the yellow half-moon large and low,And the startled little waves that leapIn fiery ringlets from their sleep,As I gain the cove with ...

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Any Wife To Any Husband by Robert Browning

Any Wife To Any Husband by Robert Browning

My love, this is the bitterest, that thou---Who art all truth, and who dost love me nowAs thine eyes say, as thy voice breaks to say---Shouldst love so truly, and couldst love ...

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A Light Woman by Robert Browning

A Light Woman by Robert Browning

I.So far as our story approaches the end,Which do you pity the most of us three?---My friend, or the mistress of my friendWith her wanton eyes, or me? II.My friend was already ...

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Another Way Of Love by Robert Browning

Another Way Of Love by Robert Browning

I.June was not overThough past the fall,And the best of her rosesHad yet to blow,When a man I know(But shall not discover,Since ears are dull,And time discloses)Turned him and ...

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Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came by Robert Browning

Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came by Robert Browning

I.My first thought was, he lied in every word,That hoary cripple, with malicious eyeAskance to watch the working of his lieOn mine, and mouth scarce able to affordSuppression of ...

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Home Thoughts, From Abroad by Robert Browning

Home Thoughts, From Abroad by Robert Browning

Oh, to be in EnglandNow that April's there,And whoever wakes in EnglandSees, some morning, unaware,That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheafRound the elm-tree bole are in ...

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The Patriot by Robert Browning

The Patriot by Robert Browning

AN OLD STORY. I.It was roses, roses, all the way,With myrtle mixed in my path like mad:The house-roofs seemed to heave and sway,The church-spires flamed, such flags they had,A ...

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In Three Days by Robert Browning

In Three Days by Robert Browning

I.So, I shall see her in three daysAnd just one night, but nights are short,Then two long hours, and that is morn. See how I come, unchanged, unworn!Feel, where my life broke ...

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My Star by Robert Browning

My Star by Robert Browning

All, that I knowOf a certain star Is, it can throw(Like the angled spar) Now a dart of red,Now a dart of blue Till my friends have saidThey would fain see, too,My star that ...

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Prospice by Robert Browning

Prospice by Robert Browning

Fear death?---to feel the fog in my throat,The mist in my face,When the snows begin, and the blasts denoteI am nearing the place,The power of the night, the press of the ...

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A Face by Robert Browning

A Face by Robert Browning

If one could have that little head of hersPainted upon a background of pure gold,Such as the Tuscan's early art prefers!No shade encroaching on the matchless mouldOf those two ...

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A Wall by Robert Browning

A Wall by Robert Browning

O the old wall here! How I could passLife in a long midsummer day,My feet confined to a plot of grass,My eyes from a wall not once away!And lush and lithe do the creepers ...

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The Pied Piper Of Hamelin by Robert Browning

The Pied Piper Of Hamelin by Robert Browning

I.Hamelin Town's in Brunswick,By famous Hanover city,The river Weser, deep and wide,Washes its wall on the southern side,A pleasanter spot you never spied,But, when begins my ...

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The Year’s At The Spring by Robert Browning

The Year’s At The Spring by Robert Browning

The year's at the spring,And day's at the morn,Morning's at seven,The hill-side's dew-pearled,The lark's on the wing,The snail's on the thorn,God's in his Heaven— All's right ...

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Andrea Del Sarto by Robert Browning

Andrea Del Sarto by Robert Browning

But do not let us quarrel any more,No, my Lucrezia, bear with me for once:Sit down and all shall happen as you wish.You turn your face, but does it bring your heart?I'll work ...

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Why I Am A Liberal by Robert Browning

Why I Am A Liberal by Robert Browning

Why? Because all I haply can and do, All that I am now, all I hope to be,-- Whence comes it save from fortune setting free Body and soul the purpose to pursue, God traced for ...

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Soliloquy Of The Spanish Cloister by Robert Browning

Soliloquy Of The Spanish Cloister by Robert Browning

I.Gr-r-r---there go, my heart's abhorrence!Water your damned flower-pots, do!If hate killed men, Brother Lawrence,God's blood, would not mine kill you!What? your myrtle-bush ...

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Among The Rocks by Robert Browning

Among The Rocks by Robert Browning

Oh, good gigantic smile o' the brown old earth, This autumn morning! How he sets his bones To bask i' the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet For the ripple to run over in its ...

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The Laboratory-Ancien Régime by Robert Browning

The Laboratory-Ancien Régime by Robert Browning

I.Now that I, tying thy glass mask tightly,May gaze thro' these faint smokes curlingwhitely,As thou pliest thy trade in this devil's-smithy---Which is the poison to poison her, ...

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Love In A Life by Robert Browning

Love In A Life by Robert Browning

I.Room after room,I hunt the house throughWe inhabit together.Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her---Next time, herself!---not the trouble behind herLeft in the ...

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Before by Robert Browning

Before by Robert Browning

I.Let them fight it out, friend! things have gone too far.God must judge the couple: leave them as they are---Whichever one's the guiltless, to his glory,And whichever one the ...

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Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning

Rabbi Ben Ezra by Robert Browning

Grow old along with me!The best is yet to be,The last of life, for which the first was made:Our times are in His handWho saith 'A whole I planned,Youth shows but half, trust ...

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In A Year by Robert Browning

In A Year by Robert Browning

Never any more,While I live,Need I hope to see his faceAs before.Once his love grown chill,Mine may strive:Bitterly we re-embrace,Single still. II.Was it something ...

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Life In A Bottle by Robert Browning

Life In A Bottle by Robert Browning

Escape me?Never--Beloved!While I am I, and you are you,So long as the world contains us both,Me the loving and you the loth,While the one eludes, must the other pursue.My life ...

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The Twins by Robert Browning

The Twins by Robert Browning

Give'' and ``It-shall-be-given-unto-you.'' I.Grand rough old Martin LutherBloomed fables---flowers on furze,The better the uncouther:Do roses stick like burrs? II.A beggar asked ...

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Bishop Orders His Tomb At Saint Praxed’s Church, Rome, The by Robert Browning

Bishop Orders His Tomb At Saint Praxed’s Church, Rome, The by Robert Browning

Vanity, saith the preacher, vanity! Draw round my bed: is Anselm keeping back? Nephews--sons mine . . . ah God, I know not! Well-- She, men would have to be your mother once, ...

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One Way Of Love by Robert Browning

One Way Of Love by Robert Browning

.All June I bound the rose in sheaves. Now, rose by rose, I strip the leavesAnd strew them where Pauline may pass.She will not turn aside? Alas!Let them lie. Suppose they ...

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Now! by Robert Browning

Now! by Robert Browning

Out of your whole life give but a moment!All of your life that has gone before,All to come after it, -- so you ignore,So you make perfect the present, condense,In a rapture of ...

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Epilogue by Robert Browning

Epilogue by Robert Browning

At the midnight in the silence of the sleep-time,When you set your fancies free,Will they pass to where--by death, fools think, imprisoned--Low he lies who once so loved you, ...

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A Toccata Of Galuppi’s by Robert Browning

A Toccata Of Galuppi’s by Robert Browning

I.Oh Galuppi, Baldassaro, this is very sad to find!I can hardly misconceive you, it would prove me deaf and blind,But although I take your meaning, 'tis with such a heavy mind! ...

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Pippa’s Song by Robert Browning

Pippa’s Song by Robert Browning

The year's at the spring, And day's at the morn, Morning's at seven, The hill-side's dew-pearl'd, The lark's on the wing, The snail's on the thorn, God's in His heaven-- All's ...

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You’Ll Love Me Yet by Robert Browning

You’Ll Love Me Yet by Robert Browning

You'll love me yet!—and I can tarryYour love's protracted growing:June reared that bunch of flowers you carryFrom seeds of April's sowing.I plant a heartful now: some seedAt ...

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A Serenade At The Villa by Robert Browning

A Serenade At The Villa by Robert Browning

I.That was I, you heard last night,When there rose no moon at all,Nor, to pierce the strained and tightTent of heaven, a planet small:Life was dead and so was light. II.Not a ...

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By The Fire-Side by Robert Browning

By The Fire-Side by Robert Browning

I.How well I know what I mean to doWhen the long dark autumn-evenings come:And where, my soul, is thy pleasant hue?With the music of all thy voices, dumbIn life's November too! ...

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A Cavalier Song by Robert Browning

A Cavalier Song by Robert Browning

Kentish Sir Byng stood for his King,Bidding the crop-headed Parliament swing:And, pressing a troop unable to stoopAnd see the rogues flourish and honest folk droop,Marched them ...

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Earth’s Immortalities by Robert Browning

Earth’s Immortalities by Robert Browning

FAME.See, as the prettiest graves will do in time,Our poet's wants the freshness of its prime,Spite of the sexton's browsing horse, the sodsHave struggled through its binding ...

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Pied Piper Of Hamelin, The by Robert Browning

Pied Piper Of Hamelin, The by Robert Browning

A CHILD'S STORY.(_Written for, and inscribed to, W. M. the Younger._) I.Hamelin Town's in Brunswick,By famous Hanover city,The river Weser, deep and wide,Washes its wall on the ...

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Boot And Saddle by Robert Browning

Boot And Saddle by Robert Browning

Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!Rescue my Castle, before the hot dayBrightens the blue from its silvery grey,(Chorus) Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!Ride past the suburbs, ...

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Confessions by Robert Browning

Confessions by Robert Browning

What is he buzzing in my ears?Now that I come to die,Do I view the world as a vale of tears?Ah, reverend sir, not I!What I viewed there once, what I view againWhere the physic ...

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