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Poem by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning


Sonnets from the Portuguese. 18. I never gave a lock of hair away


I never gave a lock of hair away
To a man, Dearest, except this to thee,
Which now upon my fingers thoughtfully
I ring out to the full brown length and say
Take it.  My day of youth went yesterday;
My hair no longer bounds to my foots glee,
Nor plant I it from rose- or myrtle-tree,
As girls do, any more: it only may
Now shade on two pale cheeks the mark of tears,
Taught drooping from the head that hangs aside
Through sorrows trick.  I thought the funeral-shears
Would take this first, but Love is justified,
Take it thou,finding pure, from all those years,
The kiss my mother left here when she died.



Elizabeth Barrett-Browning


Elizabeth Barrett-Browning's other poems:
  1. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 11. And therefore if to love can be desert
  2. The House of Clouds
  3. Sonnets from the portuguese. 31. Thou comest! all is said without a word
  4. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 27. My own Belovëd, who hast lifted me
  5. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 20. Belovëd, my Belovëd, when I think


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