Sonnets from the Portuguese: XXX

Original Text: 
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. First Series. New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1886. 1: 181-202.
1I see thine image through my tears to-night,
2And yet to-day I saw thee smiling. How
3Refer the cause?-Belovèd, is it thou
4Or I, who makes me sad? The acolyte
5Amid the chanted joy and thankful rite
6May so fall flat, with pale insensate brow,
7On the altar-stair. I hear thy voice and vow,
8Perplexed, uncertain, since thou art out of sight,
9As he, in his swooning ears, the choir's amen.
10Belovèd, dost thou love? or did I see all
11The glory as I dreamed, and fainted when
12Too vehement light dilated my ideal,
13For my soul's eyes? Will that light come again,
14As now these tears come-falling hot and real?
Publication Start Year: 
1850
RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
RPO Edition: 
2007
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