[Skip Navigation]

Plagiarist Poetry Sites: Plagiarist.com | Poetry X | Poetry Discussion Forums | Open Poetry Project | Joycean.org
Enter our Poetry Contest
Win Cash and Publication!

Plagiarist.com Archive

Read more poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Elizabeth Barrett Browning Poems at Poetry X.

More poems by Elizabeth Barrett BrowningElizabeth Barrett Browning | Print this page.Print | View and Write CommentsComments | Books by Elizabeth Barrett BrowningBooks by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnet 01 - I thought once how Theocritus had sung

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I

I thought once how Theocritus had sung
Of the sweet years, the dear and wished-for years,
Who each one in a gracious hand appears
To bear a gift for mortals, old or young:
And, as I mused it in his antique tongue,
I saw, in gradual vision through my tears,
The sweet, sad years, the melancholy years,
Those of my own life, who by turns had flung
A shadow across me. Straightway I was 'ware,
So weeping, how a mystic Shape did move
Behind me, and drew me backward by the hair:
And a voice said in mastery, while I strove,—
'Guess now who holds thee? '—' Death,' I said. But, there,
The silver answer rang,—' Not Death, but Love.'

Added: 12 Aug 2002 | Last Read: 18 Sep 2018 11:57 PM | Viewed: 8539 times

A PoetryNotes™ Analysis of Sonnet 01 - I thought once how Theocritus had sung by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, is Available!

A PoetryNotes™ eBook is available for this poem for delivery within 24 hours, and usually available within minutes during normal business hours.

ON SALE - only $29.95 19.95!

For more information...


URL: http://plagiarist.com/poetry/5869/ | Viewed on 18 September 2018.
Copyright ©2018 Plagiarist - All rights reserved.