Sonnets from the Portuguese: XXXII

Original Text: 
A Selection from the Poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. First Series. New Edition. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1886. 1: 181-202.
1The first time that the sun rose on thine oath
2To love me, I looked forward to the moon
3To slacken all those bonds which seemed too soon
4And quickly tied to make a lasting troth.
5Quick-loving hearts, I thought, may quickly loathe;
6And, looking on myself, I seemed not one
7For such man's love!-more like an out-of-tune
9To spoil his song with, and which, snatched in haste,
10Is laid down at the first ill-sounding note.
11I did not wrong myself so, but I placed
12A wrong on thee. For perfect strains may float
13'Neath master-hands, from instruments defaced,-
14And great souls, at one stroke, may do and doat.


8] viol: a bowed, stringed musical instrument from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, similar to the modern violin family Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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