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The Poetical Works of Robert Browning Volume 3


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...him, as God gave his kind, Freer than they from fleshly taint: I would call such a Christ our Saint, As I declare our Poet, him Whose insight makes all others dim: A thousand poets pried at life, And only one amid the strife Rose to be Shakespeare: each shall take His crown, I 'd say, for the world's sake--Though some objected--" Had we seen " The heart and head of each, what screen " Was broken there to give them light, " While in ourselves it shuts the sight, " We should no more admire, perchance, " That these found truth out at a glance, " Than marvel how the bat discerns " Some pitch-dark cavern's fifty turns, " Led by a finer tact, a gift " He boasts, which other birds must shift " Without, and grope as best they can," No, freely I would praise the man, --Nor one whit more, if he contended That gift of his, from God descended. Ah friend, what gift of man's does not? No nearer something, by a jot, Rise an infinity of nothings Than one: take Euclid for your teacher: Distinguish kinds: do crownings, clothings, Make that creator which was creature? Multiply gifts upon man's head, And what, when all's done, shall be said But--the more gifted he, I ween! That one 's made Christ, this other, Pilate. And this might be all that has been, --So what is there to frown or smile at? What is left for us, save, in growth Of soul, to rise up, far past both, From the gift looking to the giver, And from the cistern to the river, And from the finite to infinity, And from man's dust to God's divinity? XVII. Take all in a word: the truth in God's breast Lies trace for trace upon ours impressed: Though he is so bright and we so dim, We are made in his image to witness him: And were no eye in us to tell, Instructed by no inner sense, The light of heaven from... Hide synopsis

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