Verse > Anthologies > Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. > The Oxford Book of English Verse
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Robert Browning. 1812–1889
  
726. The Lost Mistress
  
ALL 's over, then: does truth sound bitter 
  As one at first believes? 
Hark, 'tis the sparrows' good-night twitter 
  About your cottage eaves! 
 
And the leaf-buds on the vine are woolly,         5
  I noticed that, to-day; 
One day more bursts them open fully 
  —You know the red turns gray. 
 
To-morrow we meet the same then, dearest? 
  May I take your hand in mine?  10
Mere friends are we,—well, friends the merest 
  Keep much that I resign: 
 
For each glance of the eye so bright and black, 
  Though I keep with heart's endeavour,— 
Your voice, when you wish the snowdrops back,  15
  Though it stay in my soul for ever!— 
 
Yet I will but say what mere friends say, 
  Or only a thought stronger; 
I will hold your hand but as long as all may, 
  Or so very little longer!  20
 
 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors