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Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning By Robert Browning Characters: 680

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:04

Love, you saw me gather men and women,

Live or dead or fashioned by my fancy,130

Enter each and all, and use their service.

Speak from every mouth-the speech, a poem.

Hardly shall I tell my joys and sorrows,

Hopes and fears, belief and disbelieving:

I am mine and yours-the rest be all men's,135

Karshish, Cleon, Norber

t, and the fifty.

Let me speak this once in my true person,

Not as Lippo, Roland, or Andrea,

Though the fruit of speech be just this sentence:

Pray you, look on these my men and women,140

Take and keep my fifty poems finished;

Where my heart lies, let my brain lie also!

Poor the speech; be how I speak, for all things.

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