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Short poem

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Life in a Love

              1Escape me?
              4While I am I, and you are you,
              5      So long as the world contains us both,
              6      Me the loving and you the loth,
              7While the one eludes, must the other pursue.
              8My life is a fault at last, I fear:
              9It seems too much like a fate, indeed!
            10Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed.
            11But what if I fail of my purpose here?
            12It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
            13To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
            14And, baffled, get up and begin again,--
            15So the chace takes up one's life, that's all.
            16While, look but once from your farthest bound
            17At me so deep in the dust and dark,
            18No sooner the old hope goes to ground
            19Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark,
            20I shape me--

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, Men and Women, vol. I (1855.) Rev. 1863.
First publication date: 1855
RPO poem editor: F. E. L. Priestley
RP edition: 3RP 3.130.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/13

Rhyme: abcdeedfggfhihijkjkabc

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