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Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Love in a Life


I
              1Room after room,
              2I hunt the house through
              3We inhabit together.
              4Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her--
              5Next time, herself!--not the trouble behind her
              6Left in the curtain, the couch's perfume!
              7As she brushed it, the cornice-wreath blossomed anew:
              8Yon looking-glass gleamed at the wave of her feather.

II
              9Yet the day wears,
            10And door succeeds door;
            11I try the fresh fortune--
            12Range the wide house from the wing to the centre.
            13Still the same chance! she goes out as I enter.
            14Spend my whole day in the quest,--who cares?
            15But 'tis twilight, you see,--with such suites to explore,
            16Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!


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: abcddabc


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