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The Poetic and Dramatic Works of Robert Browning, Volume 6...


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 Excerpt: ...the joy, Drain beauty to the dregs without alloy. Whereof she grew aware. What help? When, lo, A succorable cloud with sleep lay dense: Some pinetree-top had caught it sailing slow, And tethered for a prize: in evidence Captive lay fleece on fleece of piled-up snow Drowsily patient: flake-heaped how or whence, The structure of that succorable cloud, What matter? Shamed she plunged into its shroud. Orbed--so the woman-figure poets call Because of rounds on rounds--that apple-shaped Head which its hair binds close into a ball Each side the curving ears--that pure undraped Pout of the sister paps--that... Once for all, Say--her consummate circle thus escaped With its innumerous circlets, sank absorbed, Safe in the cloud--O naked Moon full-orbed But what means this? The downy swathes combine, Conglobe, the smothery coy-caressing stuff Curdles about her Vain each twist and twine Those lithe limbs try, encroached on by a fluff Fitting as close as fits the dented spine Its flexile ivory outside-flesh: enough The plumy drifts contract, condense, constringe, Till she is swallowed by the feathery springe. As when a pearl slips lost in the thin foam Churned on a sea-shore, and, o'er-frothed, conceits Herself safe-housed in Amphitrite's dome, --If, through the bladdery wave-worked yeast, she meets What most she loathes and leaps from, --elf from gnome No gladlier, --finds that safest of retreats Bubbles about a treacherous hand wide ope To grasp her--(divers who pick pearls so grope)--So lay this Maid-Moon clasped around and caught By rough red Pan, the god of all that tract: He it was schemed the snare thus subtly wrought With simulated earth-breath, --wool-tufts packed Into a billowy wrappage. Sheep far-sought For spotless shearings yield such: take the fact As learne... Hide synopsis

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