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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Elizabeth Barrett Browning. (1806–1861) (continued)
 
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    Dreams of doing good
For good-for-nothing people.
          Aurora Leigh. Book ii.
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    God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers,
And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face,
A gauntlet with a gift in it.
          Aurora Leigh. Book ii.
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            The beautiful seems right
By force of Beauty, and the feeble wrong
Because of weakness.
          Aurora Leigh. Book ii.
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              Every wish
Is like a prayer—with God. 1 
          Aurora Leigh. Book ii.
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    Good critics, who have stamped out poets’ hope,
Good statesmen, who pulled ruin on the state,
Good patriots, who for a theory risked a cause.
          Aurora Leigh. Book iv.
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              Whoso loves
Believes the impossible.
          Aurora Leigh. Book v.
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    The growing drama has outgrown such toys
Of simulated stature, face, and speech:
It also peradventure may outgrow
The simulation of the painted scene,
Boards, actors, prompters, gaslight, and costume,
And take for a worthier stage the soul itself,
Its shifting fancies and celestial lights,
With all its grand orchestral silences
To keep the pauses of its rhythmic sounds.
          Aurora Leigh. Book v.
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    Since when was genius found respectable?
          Aurora Leigh. Book vi.
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            Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God; 2 
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
          Aurora Leigh. Book vii.
 
Note 1.
See Montgomery, page 497. Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire. [back]
Note 2.
Whittier: Chapel of the Hermits. [back]
 

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