Complete Works of Robert Browning Volume 12

9781459063693: Complete Works of Robert Browning Volume 12
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 Excerpt: ...hero for me Hardly of life were so chary as miss Death--death and fame--that's love's guerdon when She Boasts, proud bereaved one, her choice fell on this 20 Rosny, Rosny!" So,--go on dreaming,--he lies mid a heap (Clara, Clara,) Of the slain by his hand: what is death but a sleep? Dead, with my portrait displayed on his breast: Love wrought his undoing: "No prudence could keep The love-maddened wretch from his fate.' That is best, Rosny, Rosny! DUBIETY. I Will be happy if but for once: Only help me, Autumn weather, Me and my cares to screen, ensconce In luxury's sofa-lap of leather! Sleep? Nay, comfort--with just a cloud Suffusing day too clear and bright: Eve's essence, the single drop allowed To sully, like milk. Noon's water-white. Let gauziness shade, not shroud,--adjust, Dim and not deaden,--somehow sheathe I o Aught sharp in the rough world's busy thrust, If it reach me through dreaming's vapor-wreath. Be life so, all things ever the same! For, what has disarmed the world? Outside, Quiet and peace: inside, nor blame Nor want, nor wish whate'er betide. What is it like that has happened before? A dream? No dream, more real by much. A vision? But fanciful days ot yore Brought many: mere musing seems not such. 20 Perhaps but a memory, after all!--Of what came once when a woman leant To feel for my brow where her kiss might fall. Truth ever, truth only the excellent! NOW. Out of your whole lite give but a moment! All of your life that has gone before, All to come after it,--so you ignore, So you make perfect the present,--condense, In a rapture of rage, for perfection's endowment, Thought and feeling and soul and sense--Merged in a moment which gives me at last You around me for once, you beneath me, above me--Me--sure that despite of time futur...

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