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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Sonnets from the Portuguese
I. ‘Unlike are we, unlike, O princely Heart!’
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
UNLIKE are we, unlike, O princely Heart!
  Unlike our uses and our destinies.
  Our minist’ring two angels look surprise
On one another, as they strike athwart
Their wings in passing. Thou, bethink thee, art        5
  A guest for queens to social pageantries,
  With gages from a hundred brighter eyes
Than tears even can make mine, to play thy part
Of chief musician. What hast thou to do
  With looking from the lattice-lights at me—        10
A poor, tired, wandering singer, singing through
  The dark, and leaning up a cypress tree?
The chrism is on thine head—on mine the dew—
  And Death must dig the level where these agree.
 
 
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