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Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning By Robert Browning Characters: 1032

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:04

What, there's nothing in the moon noteworthy?

Nay: for if that moon could love a mortal,

Use, to charm him (so to fit a fancy),

All her magic ('tis the old sweet mythos),160

She would turn a new side to her mortal,

Side unseen of herdsman, huntsman, steersman-

Blank to Zoroaster on his terrace,

Blind to Galileo on his turret,

Dumb to Homer, dumb to Keats-him, even!165

Think, the wonder of the moonstruck mortal-

When she turns round, comes again in heaven,

Opens out anew for wors

e or better!

Proves she like some portent of an iceberg

Swimming full upon the ship it founders,170

Hungry with huge teeth of splintered crystals?

Proves she as the paved work of a sapphire

Seen by Moses when he climbed the mountain?

Moses, Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu

Climbed and saw the very God, the Highest,175

Stand upon the paved work of a sapphire.

Like the bodied heaven in his clearness

Shone the stone, the sapphire of that paved work,

When they ate and drank and saw God also!

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