O lyric Love, half angel and half bird; And all a wonder and a wild desire, Boldest of hearts that ever braved the sun, Took sanctuary within the holier blue, And sang a kindred soul out to his face, Yet human at the red-ripe of the heart; When the first summons from the darkling earth Reached thee amid thy chambers, blanched their blue, And bared them of the glory to drop down, To toil for man, to suffer or to die, This is the same voice: can thy soul know change? Hail then, and hearken from the realms of help!
Book I : The Ring and the Book .
For I say, this is death and the sole death, When a man's loss comes to him from his gain, Darkness from light, from knowledge ignorance, And lack of love from love made manifest.Robert Browning
This could but have happened once, and we missed it, lost it forever.Robert Browning
Oh, to be in England Now that April's there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In Englandnow!Robert Browning
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch And blue spurt of a lighted match, And a voice less loud, through its joys and fears, Than the two hearts beating each to each!Robert Browning
The peerless cup afloat Of the lake-lily is an urn some nymph Swims bearing high above her head.Robert Browning
Was never evening yet But seemed far beautifuller than its day.Robert Browning
If ever you meet a rhinoceros And a tree be in sight, Climb quick! for his might Is a match for the gods: he could toss Eros!Robert Browning
I sprang to the stirrup, and Joris, and he; I galloped, Dirck galloped, we galloped all three.Robert Browning
If you get simple beauty and naught else, You get about the best thing God invents.Robert Browning
All we have gained then by our unbelief Is a life of doubt diversified by faith, For one of faith diversified by doubt: We called the chess-board white,we call it black.Robert Browning
Only I discern Infinite passion, and the pain Of finite hearts that yearn.Robert Browning
My times be inThy hand! Perfect the cup as planned! Let age approve of youth, and Death complete the same!Robert Browning
Good, to forgive; Best, to forget! Living, we fret; Dying, we live.Robert Browning
Who hears music feels his solitude Peopled at once.Robert Browning
How good is man's life, the mere living! How fit to employ All the heart and the soul and the senses Forever in joy!Robert Browning
Our interest's on the dangerous edge of things. The honest thief, the tender murderer, The superstitious atheist.Robert Browning
It's wiser being good than bad; It's safer being meek than fierce; It's fitter being sane than mad. My own hope is, a sun will pierce The thickest cloud earth ever stretched; That after Last returns the First, Though a wide compass round be fetched; That what began best can't end worst, Nor what God blessed once prove accurst.Robert Browning
Oh, the little more, and how much it is! And the little less, and what worlds away.Robert Browning
Just my vengeance complete, The man sprang to his feet, Stood erect, caught at God's skirts, and prayed! So, I was afraid!Robert Browning
Day! Faster and more fast, O'er night's brim, day boils at last; Boils, pure gold, o'er the cloud-cup's brim.Robert Browning
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