Robert Browning (1812-1889)
Love in a Life
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.
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:
RPO poem editor: F. E. L. Priestley
RP edition: 3RP 3.130.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/13
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