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Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning By Robert Browning Characters: 845

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:04

Then fancies grew rife

Which had come long ago on the pasture, when round me the sheep

Fed in silence-above, the one eagle wheeled slow as in sleep;

And I lay in my hollow and mused on the world that might lie

'Neath his ken, though I saw but the strip 'twixt the hill and the sky;140

And I laughed-"Since my days are ordained to be passed with my flocks,

Let me people at least, with my fancies, the pla

ins and the rocks,

Dream the life I am never to mix with, and image the show

Of mankind as they live in those fashions I hardly shall know!

Schemes of life, its best rules and right uses, the courage that gains,145

And the prudence that keeps what men strive for." And now these old trains

Of vague thought came again; I grew surer; so, once more the string

Of my harp made response to my spirit, as thus-

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