Sonnets from the Portuguese: XXII

Original Text: 
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. First Series. New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1886. 1: 181-202.
1When our two souls stand up erect and strong,
2Face to face, silent, drawing nigh and nigher,
3Until the lengthening wings break into fire
4At either curvèd point,-what bitter wrong
5Can the earth do to us, that we should not long
6Be here contented? Think! In mounting higher,
7The angels would press on us and aspire
8To drop some golden orb of perfect song
9Into our deep, dear silence. Let us stay
10Rather on earth, Belovèd,-where the unfit
11Contrarious moods of men recoil away
12And isolate pure spirits, and permit
13A place to stand and love in for a day,
14With darkness and the death-hour rounding it.
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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