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Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Sonnets from the Portuguese 6: Go from me

              1Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand
              2Henceforward in thy shadow. Nevermore
              3Alone upon the threshold of my door
              4Of individual life, I shall command
              5The uses of my soul, nor lift my hand
              6Serenely in the sunshine as before,
              7Without the sense of that which I forbore, ..
              8Thy touch upon the palm. The widest land
              9Doom takes to part us, leaves thy heart in mine
            10With pulses that beat double. What I do
            11And what I dream include thee, as the wine
            12Must taste of its own grapes. And when I sue
            13God for myself, He hears that name of thine,
            14And sees within my eyes, the tears of two.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Poems. 4th edn. 3 vols. London: Chapman and Hall, 1856. PR 4180 E44a ROBA
First publication date: 1850
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP.II:342.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/6

Composition date: 1845 - 1846
Form: sonnet

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