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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Love in a Life
By Robert Browning (1812–1889)
ROOM after room,
I hunt the house through
We inhabit together.
Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her,
Next time, herself!—not the trouble behind her        5
Left in the curtain, the couch’s perfume!
As she brush’d it, the cornice-wreath blossom’d anew:
Yon looking-glass gleam’d at the wave of her feather.
Yet the day wears,
And door succeeds door;        10
I try the fresh fortune—
Range the wide house from the wing to the centre.
Still the same chance! she goes out as I enter.
Spend my whole day in the quest,—who cares?
But ’tis twilight, you see,—with such suites to explore,        15
Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!
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