The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning Volume 1

The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: effrontery Till Autumn spoiled their fleering quite with rain, And, turbanless, a coarse brown rattling crane Lay bare. That's gone: yet why renounce, for that, His disenchanted tributaries--flat Perhaps, but scarce so utterly forlorn, Their simple presence might not well be borne Whose parley was a transport once: recall The poppy's gifts, it flaunts you, after all, A poppy: --why distrust the evidence Of each soon satisfied and healthy sense? The new-born judgment answered, "little boots Beholding other creatures' attributes And having none!" or, say that it sufficed, "Yet, could one but possess, oneself," (enticed Judgment) "some special oflice!" Nought beside Serves you?" Well then, be somehow justified For this ignoble wish to circumscribe And concentrate, rather than swell, the tribe Of actual pleasures: what, now, from without Effects it?--proves, despite a lurking doubt, Mere sympathy sufficient, trouble spared? That, tasting joys by proxy thus, you fared The better for them?" Thus much craved his soul. Alas, from the beginning love is whole And true; if sure of nought beside, most sure Of its own truth at least; nor may endure A crowd to see its face, that cannot know How hot the pulses throb its heart below. While its own helplessness and utter want Of means to worthily be ministrant To what it worships, do but fan the more Its flame, exalt the idol far before Itself as it would have it ever be. Souls like Sordello, on the contrary, Coerced and put to shame, retaining will, Care little, take mysterious comfort still, But look forth tremblingly to ascertain If others judge their claims not urged in vain, And say for them their stifled thoughts aloud. So, they must ever live before a...
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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236488652
  • 9781236488657