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The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning Volume 4


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...--once saw, Of whom I do not keep some matter in mind He 'd swear I " could not" know, sagacious soul! What? Do you live in this world's blow of blacks, Palaver, gossipry, a single hour Nor find one smut has settled on your nose, Of a smut's worth, no more, no less?--one fact Out of the drift of facts, whereby you learn What someone was, somewhere, somewhen, somewhy? You don't tell folk--" See what has stuck to me! Judge Humgruffin, our most distinguished man, Your uncle was a tailor, and your wife Thought to have married Miggs, missed him, hit you! "--Do you, sir, though you see him twice a-week? "No," you reply, " what use retailing it? Why should I? " But, you see, one day you should, Because one day there 's much use, --when this fact Brings you the Judge upon both gouty knees Before the supernatural; proves that Sludge Knows, as you say, a thing he " could not " kiiow: Will not Sludge thenceforth keep an outstretched face, The way the wind drives? " Could not! " Look you now, I 'll tell you a story! There 's a whiskered chap, A foreigner, that teaches music here And gets his bread, --knowing no better way: He says, the fellow who informed of him And made him fly his country and fall West, Was a hunchback cobbler, sat, stitched soles and sang, In some outlandish place, the city Rome, In a cellar by their Broadway, all day long; Never asked questions, stopped to listen or look, Nor lifted nose from lapstone; let the world Roll round his three-legged stool, and news run in The ears he hardly seemed to keep pricked up. Well, that man went on Sundays, touched his pay, And took his praise from government, you see; For something like two dollars every week, He 'd engage tell you some one little thing Of some one man, which led to many more, (Because... Hide synopsis

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