A Woman's Last Word

I.

Let's contend no more, Love,
Strive nor weep:
All be as before, Love,
---Only sleep!

II.

What so wild as words are?
I and thou
In debate, as birds are,
Hawk on bough!

III.

See the creature stalking
While we speak!
Hush and hide the talking,
Cheek on cheek!

IV.

What so false as truth is,
False to thee?
Where the serpent's tooth is
Shun the tree---

V.

Where the apple reddens
Never pry---
Lest we lose our Edens,
Eve and I.

VI.

Be a god and hold me
With a charm!
Be a man and fold me
With thine arm!

VII.

Teach me, only teach, Love
As I ought
I will speak thy speech, Love,
Think thy thought---

VIII.

Meet, if thou require it,
Both demands,
Laying flesh and spirit
In thy hands.

IX.

That shall be to-morrow
Not to-night:
I must bury sorrow
Out of sight:

X

---Must a little weep, Love,
(Foolish me!)
And so fall asleep, Love,
Loved by thee.

by Robert Browning

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This poem scares the out of me as a married man. Never read it without worrying about whether I might be putting my wife through that!
A wonderful love poem with wonderful drafting. A beauty in the simplicity.
ROBERT BROWNING He was the most authentic poet of love and I take after him there is nothing beyond this life nor UNIVERSE SO WHILE ON MOMMY EARTH let us only love and enjoy whilst we love and leave a progeny behind like you and me
He was the most authentic poet of love and I take after him there is nothing beyond this life nor UNIVERSE SO WHILE ON MOMMY EARTH let us only love and enjoy whilst we love and leave a progeny behind like you and me
Love and the words from the heart of a woman have been well executed by Robert Browning. Beautiful poem.
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