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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Miscellaneous Sonnets.
III. Consolation
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
ALL are not taken; there are left behind
Living Beloveds, tender looks to bring
And make the daylight still a happy thing,
And tender voices, to make soft the wind:
But if it were not so—if I could find        5
No love in all the world for comforting,
Nor any path but hollowly did ring
Where “dust to dust” the love from life disjoined,
And if, before those sepulchres unmoving
I stood alone, (as some forsaken lamb        10
Goes bleating up the moors in weary dearth)
Crying “Where are ye, O my loved and loving?”—
I know a Voice would sound, Daughter, I AM.
Can I suffice for HEAVEN and not for earth?
 
 
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