Sonnets from the Portuguese: XXXV

Original Text: 
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. First Series. New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1886. 1: 181-202.
1If I leave all for thee, wilt thou exchange
2And be all to me? Shall I never miss
3Home-talk and blessing and the common kiss
4That comes to each in turn, nor count it strange,
5When I look up, to drop on a new range
6Of walls and floors, another home than this?
7Nay, wilt thou fill that place by me which is
10To conquer grief, tries more, as all things prove,
11For grief indeed is love and grief beside.
12Alas, I have grieved so I am hard to love.
13Yet love me-wilt thou? Open thine heart wide,
14And fold within the wet wings of thy dove.

Notes

8] terminal question mark added Back to Line
9] copy text reads: ."If to conquer love, has tried,." Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1850
RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
RPO Edition: 
2007
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