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Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning By Robert Browning Characters: 622

Updated: 2017-12-01 00:04


Then a humor more great took its place35

At the thought of his face,

The droop, the low cares of the mouth,

The trouble uncouth

'Twixt the brows, all that air one is fain

To put out of its pain.40

And, "no!" I admonished myself,

"Is one mocked by an elf,

Is one baffled by toad or by rat

?

The gravamen's in that!

How the lion, who crouches to suit45

His back to my foot,

Would admire that I stand in debate!

But the small turns the great

If it vexes you-that is the thing!

Toad or rat vex the king?50

Though I waste half my realm to unearth

Toad or rat, 'tis well worth!"

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