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Short poem

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

My Star

              1        All that I know
              2        Of a certain star,
              3        Is, it can throw
              4        (Like the angled spar)
              5        Now a dart of red,
              6        Now a dart of blue,
              7        Till my friends have said
              8        They would fain see, too,
              9My star that dartles the red and the blue!

            10Then it stops like a bird; like a flower, hangs furled:
            11    They must solace themselves with the Saturn above it.
            12What matter to me if their star is a world?
            13    Mine has opened its soul to me; therefore I love it.

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: ababcdcdd efef

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