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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
604. Sonnets from the Portuguese
 
XXVII
 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
 
MY own Belovèd, who hast lifted me
From this drear flat of earth where I was thrown,
And, in betwixt the languid ringlets, blown
A life-breath, till the forehead hopefully
Shines out again, as all the angels see,        5
Before thy saving kiss! My own, my own,
Who camest to me when the world was gone,
And I who looked for only God, found thee!
I find thee; I am safe, and strong, and glad.
As one who stands in dewless asphodel        10
Looks backward on the tedious time he had
In the upper life,—so I, with bosom-swell,
Make witness, here, between the good and bad,
That Love, as strong as Death, retrieves as well.
 

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