Memorabilia

1  Ah, did you once see Shelley plain,
2    And did he stop and speak to you?
3And did you speak to him again?
4    How strange it seems, and new!
5  But you were living before that,
6    And you are living after,
7And the memory I started at--
8    My starting moves your laughter!
9  I crossed a moor, with a name of its own
10    And a certain use in the world no doubt,
11Yet a hand's-breadth of it shines alone
12    'Mid the blank miles round about:
13  For there I picked up on the heather
14    And there I put inside my breast
15A moulted feather, an eagle-feather--
16    Well, I forget the rest.
Original Text: 
Robert Browning, Men and Women, 2 vols. (1855.) Rev. 1863.
Publication Start Year: 
1855
RPO poem Editors: 
J. D. Robins
RPO Edition: 
2RP 2.439.
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