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Short poem

Robert Browning (1812-1889)


              1  Ah, did you once see Shelley plain,
              2    And did he stop and speak to you?
              3And did you speak to him again?
              4    How strange it seems, and new!

              5  But you were living before that,
              6    And you are living after,
              7And the memory I started at--
              8    My starting moves your laughter!

              9  I crossed a moor, with a name of its own
            10    And a certain use in the world no doubt,
            11Yet a hand's-breadth of it shines alone
            12    'Mid the blank miles round about:

            13  For there I picked up on the heather
            14    And there I put inside my breast
            15A moulted feather, an eagle-feather--
            16    Well, I forget the rest.

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, 2 vols. (1855.) Rev. 1863.
First publication date: 1855
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.439.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/13

Rhyme: abab

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