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Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Meeting at Night


I
              1The grey sea and the long black land;
              2And the yellow half-moon large and low;
              3And the startled little waves that leap
              4In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
              5As I gain the cove with pushing prow,
              6And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.

II
              7Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
              8Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
              9A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
            10And blue spurt of a lighted match,
            11And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears,
            12Than the two hearts beating each to each!

Notes

1] First published in Dramatic Romances and Lyrics, 1845, as "I Night, II Morning," and given the present titles in 1849.
Him (line 3 of Parting) refers to the sun.


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: F. E. L. Priestley
RP edition: 3RP 3.112.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/13

Rhyme: abccba


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