Past and Future
Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Poems. London: Edward Moxon, 1844. PR 4180 E44a ROBA. 19th-cent. STC: 5.1.511. mfe DA 533 N55.
1MY future will not copy fair my past
2On any leaf but Heaven's. Be fully done,
3Supernal Will ! I would not fain be one
4Who, satisfying thirst and breaking fast
5Upon the fulness of the heart, at last
6Saith no grace after meat. My wine hath run
7Indeed out of my cup, and there is none
8To gather up the bread of my repast
9Scattered and trampled ! Yet I find some good
10In earth's green herbs, and streams that bubble up
11Clear from the darkling ground, -- content until
12I sit with angels before better food.
13Dear Christ ! when thy new vintage fills my cup,
14This hand shall shake no more, nor that wine spill.
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