Sonnets from the Portuguese: II

Original Text: 
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. First Series. New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1886. 1: 181-202.
1But only three in all God's universe
2Have heard this word thou hast said,-Himself, beside
3Thee speaking, and me listening! and replied
4One of us . . . that was God, . . . and laid the curse
6My sight from seeing thee,-that if I had died,
8Less absolute exclusion. ."Nay." is worse
9From God than from all others, O my friend!
10Men could not part us with their worldly jars,
11Nor the seas change us, nor the tempests bend;
12Our hands would touch for all the mountain-bars:
13And, heaven being rolled between us at the end,
14We should but vow the faster for the stars.


5] to amerce: to punish arbitrarily (a legal term) Back to Line
7] death-weights: small weights placed upon the eyes of a dead person, to keep the eyes closed Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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