Sonnets from the Portuguese: XI

Original Text: 
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. First Series. New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1886. 1: 181-202.
1And therefore if to love can be desert,
2I am not all unworthy. Cheeks as pale
3As these you see, and trembling knees that fail
4To bear the burden of a heavy heart,-
5This weary minstrel-life that once was girt
7To pipe now 'gainst the valley nightingale
8A melancholy music,-why advert
9To these things? O Belovèd, it is plain
10I am not of thy worth nor for thy place!
11And yet, because I love thee, I obtain
12From that same love this vindicating grace
13To live on still in love, and yet in vain,-
14To bless thee, yet renounce thee to thy face.


6] Aornus: a large rock in India, conquered by Alexander the Great in his last siege (sometimes Aornos) Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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