Sonnets from the Portuguese 28: My letters! all dead paper, ... mute and white !

By Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806–1861 Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My letters! all dead paper, ... mute and white ! —
And yet they seem alive and quivering
Against my tremulous hands which loose the string
And let them drop down on my knee to-night.
This said, ... he wished to have me in his sight
Once, as a friend: this fixed a day in spring
To come and touch my hand ... a simple thing,
Yet I wept for it! — this, ... the paper's light ...
Said, Dear, I love thee; and I sank and quailed
As if God's future thundered on my past.
This said, I am thine — and so its ink has paled
With lying at my heart that beat too fast.
And this ... O Love, thy words have ill availed,
If, what this said, I dared repeat at last!


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Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning 1806–1861



Subjects Relationships, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Love, Poetry & Poets, Romantic Love, First Love

Poetic Terms Sonnet