The Lost Mistress – Robert Browning

The Lost Mistress I. All’s over, then: does truth sound bitter As one at first believes? Hark, ’tis the sparrows’ good-night twitter About your cottage…

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Overhead The Tree-Tops Meet – Robert Browning

Overhead The Tree-Tops Meet Overhead the tree-tops meet, Flowers and grass spring ‘neath one’s feet; There was nought above me, and nought below, My childhood…

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Holy-Cross Day – Robert Browning

Holy-Cross Day ON WHICH THE JEWS WERE FORCED TO ATTEND AN ANNUAL CHRISTIAN SERMON IN ROME. [“Now was come about Holy-Cross Day, and now must…

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Bad Dreams- Iii – Robert Browning

Bad Dreams- III THIS was my dream: I saw a Forest Old as the earth, no track nor trace Of unmade man. Thou, Soul, explorest-…

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The Confessional – Robert Browning

The Confessional I. It is a lie—their Priests, their Pope, Their Saints, their … all they fear or hope Are lies, and lies—there! through my…

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Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha – Robert Browning

Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha An imaginary composer.] I. Hist, but a word, fair and soft! Forth and be judged, Master Hugues! Answer the question I’ve…

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Evelyn Hope – Robert Browning

Evelyn Hope I. Beautiful Evelyn Hope is dead! Sit and watch by her side an hour. That is her book-shelf, this her bed; She plucked…

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A Woman’s Last Word – Robert Browning

A Woman’s Last Word I. Let’s contend no more, Love, Strive nor weep: All be as before, Love, —Only sleep! II. What so wild as…

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Tray – Robert Browning

Tray Sing me a hero! Quench my thirst Of soul, ye bards! Quoth Bard the first: ‘Sir Olaf, the good knight, did don His helm,…

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Rabbi Ben Ezra – Robert Browning

Rabbi Ben Ezra Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our…

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Introduction- Pippa Passes – Robert Browning

Introduction- Pippa Passes New Year’s Day at Asolo in the Trevisan Scene.- A large mean airy chamber. A girl, Pippa, from the Silk-mills, springing out…

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Cavalier Tunes- Marching Along – Robert Browning

Cavalier Tunes- Marching Along Kentish Sir Byng stood for his King, Bidding the crop-headed Parliament swing: And, pressing a troop unable to stoop And see…

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Youth And Art – Robert Browning

Youth And Art 1 It once might have been, once only: 2 We lodged in a street together, 3 You, a sparrow on the housetop…

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The Wanderers – Robert Browning

The Wanderers OVER the sea our galleys went, With cleaving prows in order brave To a speeding wind and a bounding wave–    A gallant armament:…

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O’ Lyric Love – Robert Browning

O’ Lyric Love O’ Lyric Love, half angel and half bird, And all a wonder and a wild desire,- Boldest of hearts that ever braved…

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Herve Riel – Robert Browning

Herve Riel On the sea and at the Hogue, sixteen hundred ninety two, Did the English fight the French,–woe to France! And, the thirty-first of…

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Bad Dreams- I – Robert Browning

Bad Dreams- I LAST night I saw you in my sleep: And how your charm of face was changed! I asked ‘Some love, some faith…

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The Guardian-Angel – Robert Browning

The Guardian-Angel A PICTURE AT FANO. I. Dear and great Angel, wouldst thou only leave That child, when thou hast done with him, for me!…

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My Last Duchess – Robert Browning

My Last Duchess FERRARA. That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. I call That piece a wonder, now:…

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Flight Of The Duchess, The – Robert Browning

Flight Of The Duchess, The I. You’re my friend: I was the man the Duke spoke to; I helped the Duchess to cast off his…

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A Toccata Of Galuppi’s – Robert Browning

A Toccata Of Galuppi’s I. Oh Galuppi, Baldassaro, this is very sad to find! I can hardly misconceive you; it would prove me deaf and…

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Time’s Revenges – Robert Browning

Time’s Revenges I’ve a Friend, over the sea; I like him, but he loves me. It all grew out of the books I write; They…

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Pippa’s Song – Robert Browning

Pippa’s Song 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…

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Instans Tyrannus – Robert Browning

Instans Tyrannus I. Of the million or two, more or less, I rule and possess, One man, for some cause undefined, Was least to my…

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Cavalier Tunes- Boot And Saddle – Robert Browning

Cavalier Tunes- Boot And Saddle Boot, saddle, to horse and away! Rescue my Castle, before the hot day Brightens to blue from its silvery gray,…

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A Cavalier Song – Robert Browning

A Cavalier Song Kentish Sir Byng stood for his King, Bidding the crop-headed Parliament swing: And, pressing a troop unable to stoop And see the…

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The Lost Leader – Robert Browning

The Lost Leader I. Just for a handful of silver he left us, Just for a riband to stick in his coat— Found the one…

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Natural Magic – Robert Browning

Natural Magic All I can say is–I saw it! The room was as bare as your hand. I locked in the swarth little lady,–I swear,…

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Heretic’s Tragedy, The – Robert Browning

Heretic’s Tragedy, The A MIDDLE-AGE INTERLUDE. ROSA MUNDI; SEU, FULCITE ME FLORIBUS. A CONCEIT OF MASTER GYSBRECHT, CANON-REGULAR OF SAID JODOCUS-BY-THE-BAR, YPRES CITY. CANTUQUE, _Virgilius._…

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Apparitions – Robert Browning

Apparitions (_Prologue to ‘The Two Poets of Croisic.’_) Such a starved bank of moss Till, that May-morn, Blue ran the flash across: Violets were born!…

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The Boy And The Angel – Robert Browning

The Boy And The Angel Morning, evening, noon and night, “Praise God!; sang Theocrite. Then to his poor trade he turned, Whereby the daily meal…

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Love In A Life – Robert Browning

Love In A Life I. Room after room, I hunt the house through We inhabit together. Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her—…

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Englishman In Italy, The – Robert Browning

Englishman In Italy, The PIANO DI SORRENTO Fort , Fort , my beloved one, Sit here by my side, On my knees put up both…

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A Wall – Robert Browning

A Wall O the old wall here! How I could pass Life in a long midsummer day, My feet confined to a plot of grass,…

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To Edward Fitzgerald – Robert Browning

To Edward Fitzgerald I chanced upon a new book yesterday; I opened it, and, where my finger lay ‘Twixt page and uncut page, these words…

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Popularity – Robert Browning

Popularity I. Stand still, true poet that you are! I know you; let me try and draw you. Some night you’ll fail us: when afar…

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Incident Of The French Camp – Robert Browning

Incident Of The French Camp I. You know, we French stormed Ratisbon: A mile or so away, On a little mound, Napoleon Stood on our…

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Cavalier Tunes – Robert Browning

Cavalier Tunes . MARCHING ALONG. I. Kentish Sir Byng stood for his King, Bidding the crop-headed Parliament swing: And, pressing a troop unable to stoop…

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You’ll Love Me Yet – Robert Browning

You’Ll Love Me Yet You’ll love me yet!—and I can tarry Your love’s protracted growing: June reared that bunch of flowers you carry From seeds…

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The Laboratory-Ancien Régime – Robert Browning

The Laboratory-Ancien Régime I. Now that I, tying thy glass mask tightly, May gaze thro’ these faint smokes curling whitely, As thou pliest thy trade…

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Now! – Robert Browning

Now! Out of your whole life give but a moment! All of your life that has gone before, All to come after it, — so…

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Heap Cassia, Sandal-Buds And Stripes – Robert Browning

Heap Cassia, Sandal-Buds And Stripes Heap Cassia, sandal-buds and stripes Of labdanum, and aloe-balls, Smeared with dull nard an Indian wipes From out her hair:…

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Apparent Failure – Robert Browning

Apparent Failure ‘We shall soon lose a celebrated building.’ –_Paris Newspaper_. No, for I’ll save it! Seven years since I passed through Paris, stopped a…

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Summum Bonum – Robert Browning

Summum Bonum All the breath and the bloom of the year in the bag of one bee: All the wonder and wealth of the mine…

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Love Among The Ruins – Robert Browning

Love Among The Ruins I. Where the quiet-coloured end of evening smiles, Miles and miles On the solitary pastures where our sheep Half-asleep Tinkle homeward…

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De Gustibus— – Robert Browning

De Gustibus— I. Your ghost will walk, you lover of trees, (If our loves remain) In an English lane, By a cornfield-side a-flutter with poppies….

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A Tale – Robert Browning

A Tale (_Epilogue to ‘The Two Poets of Croisic.’_) What a pretty tale you told me Once upon a time –Said you found it somewhere…

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Thus The Mayne Glideth – Robert Browning

Thus The Mayne Glideth THUS the Mayne glideth Where my Love abideth; Sleep ‘s no softer: it proceeds On through lawns, on through meads, On…

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Pheidippides – Robert Browning

Pheidippides First I salute this soil of the blessed, river and rock! Gods of my birthplace, dæmons and heroes, honour to all! Then I name…

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In Three Days – Robert Browning

In Three Days I. So, I shall see her in three days And just one night, but nights are short, Then two long hours, and…

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Cavalier Tunes- Give A Rouse – Robert Browning

Cavalier Tunes- Give A Rouse King Charles, and who’ll do him right now? King Charles, and who’s ripe for fight now? Give a rouse: here’s,…

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Women And Roses – Robert Browning

Women And Roses I. I dream of a red-rose tree. And which of its roses three Is the dearest rose to me? II. Round and…

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The Last Ride Together – Robert Browning

The Last Ride Together I. I said—Then, dearest, since ’tis so, Since now at length my fate I know, Since nothing all my love avails,…

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Never The Time And The Place – Robert Browning

Never The Time And The Place Never the time and the place And the loved one all together! This path–how soft to pace! This May…

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Garden Francies – Robert Browning

Garden Francies I. THE FLOWER’S NAME Here’s the garden she walked across, Arm in my arm, such a short while since: Hark, now I push…

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Before – Robert Browning

Before 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…

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Song From ‘paracelsus’ – Robert Browning

Song From ‘Paracelsus’ HEAP cassia, sandal-buds and stripes    Of labdanum, and aloe-balls, Smear’d with dull nard an Indian wipes    From out her hair: such balsam…

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Man I Am And Man Would Be, Love – Robert Browning

Man I Am And Man Would Be, Love Man I am and man would be, Love–merest man and nothing more. Bid me seem no other!…

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Count Gismond–Aix In Provence – Robert Browning

Count Gismond–Aix In Provence Christ God who savest man, save most Of men Count Gismond who saved me! Count Gauthier, when he chose his post,…

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Abt Volger – Robert Browning

Abt Volger (after he has been extemporizing upon the musical instrument of his invention) Would that the structure brave, the manifold music I build, Bidding…

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