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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The Best
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
WHAT ’S the best thing in the world?
June-rose, by May-dew impearl’d;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;        5
Beauty, not self-deck’d and curl’d
Till its pride is over-plain;
Light, that never makes you wink;
Memory, that gives no pain;
Love, when, so, you’re loved again.        10
What ’s the best thing in the world?
—Something out of it, I think.
 
 
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