Meeting at Night

Original Text: 
Robert Browning, Dramatic Romances and Lyrics (1845).
2And the yellow half-moon large and low;
3And the startled little waves that leap
4In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
5As I gain the cove with pushing prow,
6And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.
7Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
8Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
9A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
10And blue spurt of a lighted match,
11And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears,
12Than the two hearts beating each to each!


1] First published in Dramatic Romances and Lyrics, 1845, as "I Night, II Morning," and given the present titles in 1849. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. E. L. Priestley
RPO Edition: 
3RP 3.112.