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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
600. Sonnets from the Portuguese
 
XXIII
 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
 
IS it indeed so? If I lay here dead,
Wouldst thou miss any life in losing mine?
And would the sun for thee more coldly shine
Because of grave-damps falling round my head?
I marvelled, my Belovèd, when I read        5
Thy thought so in the letter. I am thine—
But … so much to thee? Can I pour thy wine
While my hands tremble? Then my soul, instead
Of dreams of death, resumes life’s lower range.
Then, love me, Love! look on me—breathe on me!        10
As brighter ladies do not count it strange,
For love, to give up acres and degree,
I yield the grave for thy sake, and exchange
My near sweet view of Heaven, for earth with thee!
 

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