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Short poem

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Home-Thoughts, from Abroad

              1   Oh, to be in England
              2Now that April's there,
              3And whoever wakes in England
              4Sees, some morning, unaware,
              5That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
              6Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
              7While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
              8In England--now!

              9   And after April, when May follows,
            10And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
            11Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
            12Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
            13Blossoms and dewdrops--at the bent spray's edge--
            14That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
            15Lest you should think he never could recapture
            16The first fine careless rapture!
            17And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
            18All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
            19The buttercups, the little children's dower
            20--Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

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: Robert Browning, Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845).
First publication date: 1845
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.425.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/17

Form: irregular, couplets and quatrains

Other poems by Robert Browning