Among the Rocks

Original Text: 
Robert Browning, Dramatis Personae (London: Chapman and Hall, 1864). PR 4209 A1 1864
2    This autumn morning! How he sets his bones
3To bask i' the sun, and thrusts out knees and feet
4For the ripple to run over in its mirth;
5    Listening the while, where on the heap of stones
6The white breast of the sea-lark twitters sweet.
7That is the doctrine, simple, ancient, true;
8    Such is life's trial, as old earth smiles and knows.
9If you loved only what were worth your love,
10Love were clear gain, and wholly well for you:
11    Make the low nature better by your throes!
12Give earth yourself, go up for gain above!


1] This poem is one of a series entitled "James Lee's Wife," in "Dramatis Personae" (1864). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
W. J. Alexander; William Hall Clawson
RPO Edition: 
RP (1912), p. 339; RPO 1997.