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Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning By Robert Browning Characters: 983

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:04


And behold while I sang ... but O Thou who didst grant me that day,

And before it not seldom hast granted thy help to essay,

Carry on and complete an adventure-my shield and my sword

In that act where my soul was thy servant, thy word was my word-195

Still be with me, who then at the summit of human endeavor

And scaling the highest, man's thought could, gazed hopeless as ever

On the new stretch of heaven above me-till, mighty to save,

Just one lift of thy hand cleare

d that distance-God's throne from man's grave!

Let me tell out my tale to its evening-my voice to my heart200

Which can scarce dare believe in what marvels last night I took part,

As this morning I gather the fragments, alone with my sheep,

And still fear lest the terrible glory evanish like sleep!

For I wake in the gray dewy covert, while Hebron upheaves

The dawn struggling with night on his shoulder, and Kidron retrieves205

Slow the damage of yesterday's sunshine.

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