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Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning By Robert Browning Characters: 1455

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:04


Then clapping heel to his horse, the mere curveter,

Out rode the Duke, and after his hollo

Horses and hounds swept, huntsman and servitor,465

And back I turned and bade the crone follow.

And what makes me confident what's to be told you

Had all along been of this crone's devising,

Is, that, on looking round sharply, behold you,

There was a novelty quick as surprising:470

For first, she had shot up a full head in stature,

And her step kept pace with mine nor faltered,

As if age had foregone its usurpature,

And the ignoble mien was wholly altered,

And the face looked quite of another nature,475

And the change reached too, whatever the change meant,

Her shaggy wolf-skin cloak's ar

rangement:

For where its tatters hung loose like sedges,

Gold coins were glittering on the edges,

Like the band-roll strung with tomans480

Which proves the veil a Persian woman's:

And under her brow, like a snail's horns newly

Come out as after the rain he paces,

Two unmistakable eye-points duly

Live and aware looked out of their places.485

So, we went and found Jacynth at the entry

Of the lady's chamber standing sentry;

I told the command and produced my companion,

And Jacynth rejoiced to admit anyone,

For since last night, by the same token,490

Not a single word had the lady spoken:

They went in both to the presence together,

While I in the balcony watched the weather.

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