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Poem of the Day > 174. Never the Time and the Place - Robert Browning

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message 1: by Lee (new)

Lee Never the Time and the Place


Never the time and the place
And the loved one all together!
This path—how soft to pace!
This May—what magic weather!
Where is the loved one's face?
In a dream that loved one's face meets mine,
But the house is narrow, the place is bleak
Where, outside, rain and wind combine
With a furtive ear, if I strive to speak,
With a hostile eye at my flushing cheek,
With a malice that marks each word, each sign!
O enemy sly and serpentine,
Uncoil thee from the waking man!
Do I hold the Past
Thus firm and fast
Yet doubt if the Future hold I can?
This path so soft to pace shall lead
Thro' the magic of May to herself indeed!
Or narrow if needs the house must be,
Outside are the storms and strangers: we
Oh, close, safe, warm sleep I and she,—
I and she!

message 2: by Lee (new)

Lee I love this - it makes the poem very poignant when you learn that when it was written - his wife Elizabeth Barrett Browning had been dead for 21 years.

message 3: by Hilary (new)

Hilary | 2082 comments I like this more each time I read it Lee. As soon as I read your comment I had to read it again. I never realised he had outlived her for so many years and obviously was still alive at this point. It's funny how you know a fact, that Elizabeth dies quite young, but never consider that must mean that Robert was a widower for a long time as he lived a normal span.

message 4: by Angela (new)

Angela | 738 comments It's beautiful isn't it. I can really sense his emotion, the tenderness and despair.

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