Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

Robert Browning Poems

21. The Lost Leader 5/13/2001
22. The Last Ride Together 5/13/2001
23. The Laboratory-Ancien Régime 1/1/2004
24. The Laboratory 5/13/2001
25. The Italian In England 5/13/2001
26. The Heretic's Tragedy 5/13/2001
27. The Guardian-Angel 5/13/2001
28. The Glove 5/13/2001
29. The Flight Of The Duchess 5/13/2001
30. The Englishman In Italy 5/13/2001
31. The Confessional 5/13/2001
32. The Boy And the Angel 5/13/2001
33. The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Ssaint Praxed's Church, Rome 5/13/2001
34. The Bishop Orders His Tomb 1/3/2003
35. Summum Bonum 12/31/2002
36. Song from 'Paracelsus' 1/4/2003
37. Song 5/13/2001
38. Soliloquy Of The Spanish Cloister 5/13/2001
39. Saul 5/13/2001
40. Respectability 5/13/2001

The Lost Leader

I.

Just for a handful of silver he left us,
Just for a riband to stick in his coat---
Found the one gift of which fortune bereft us,
Lost all the others she lets us devote;
They, with the gold to give, doled him out silver,
So much was theirs who so little allowed:
How all our copper had gone for his service!

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