Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

A Woman's Last Word - Poem by Robert Browning

I.

Let's contend no more, Love,
Strive nor weep:
All be as before, Love,
---Only sleep!

II.

What so wild as words are?
I and thou
In debate, as birds are,
Hawk on bough!

III.

See the creature stalking
While we speak!
Hush and hide the talking,
Cheek on cheek!

IV.

What so false as truth is,
False to thee?
Where the serpent's tooth is
Shun the tree---

V.

Where the apple reddens
Never pry---
Lest we lose our Edens,
Eve and I.

VI.

Be a god and hold me
With a charm!
Be a man and fold me
With thine arm!

VII.

Teach me, only teach, Love
As I ought
I will speak thy speech, Love,
Think thy thought---

VIII.

Meet, if thou require it,
Both demands,
Laying flesh and spirit
In thy hands.

IX.

That shall be to-morrow
Not to-night:
I must bury sorrow
Out of sight:

X

---Must a little weep, Love,
(Foolish me!)
And so fall asleep, Love,
Loved by thee.


Comments about A Woman's Last Word by Robert Browning

  • (11/25/2018 10:17:00 PM)


    This poem scares the out of me as a married man. Never read it without worrying about whether I might be putting my wife through that! (Report) Reply

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  • Chandan Dey (5/11/2018 1:09:00 PM)


    A wonderful love poem with wonderful drafting. A beauty in the simplicity. (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (5/11/2018 11:35:00 AM)


    ROBERT BROWNING
    He was the most authentic poet of love
    and I take after him there
    is nothing beyond this life
    nor UNIVERSE
    SO WHILE ON MOMMY EARTH
    let us only love and enjoy
    whilst we love and leave
    a progeny behind
    like you and me
    (Report) Reply

  • The Poet Poet (5/11/2018 11:34:00 AM)


    He was the most authentic poet of love
    and I take after him there
    is nothing beyond this life
    nor UNIVERSE
    SO WHILE ON MOMMY EARTH
    let us only love and enjoy whilst we love and leave
    a progeny behind
    like you and me
    (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (5/11/2018 7:10:00 AM)


    Love and the words from the heart of a woman have been well executed by Robert Browning. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/11/2018 1:54:00 AM)


    Such a splendid poem by Robert Browning👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (5/11/2018 1:22:00 AM)


    I must bury sorrow
    Out of sight: ..... So intense the writing it brings almost tear at its reading last. Browning is so powerful.... so.... I salute such word-artists silently many times after reading such work. Nice post indeed. Thanks to PH.
    (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/11/2018 1:20:00 AM)


    An exemplar of plain English. Take note. (Report) Reply

  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/19/2017 5:04:00 PM)


    Nobody has ever read or CAn read a girl's psyche, yet this poet has made a marvelous attempt. Good (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/19/2017 10:40:00 AM)


    Cheek on cheek! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (12/19/2017 9:05:00 AM)


    Superb manifestations of beloved's desires from the loved one expressed with tenderness and love. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Skarpathiotaki (12/19/2017 8:49:00 AM)


    Must a little weep, Love,
    (Foolish me!)
    And so fall asleep, Love,
    Loved by thee..........excellent! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 10+
    (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/19/2017 4:07:00 AM)


    LAST PART
    I never dare to give marks on Classic poems, since each one is of an absorbing BEAUTY and this one is full of courage in a Victorian Age as he was living by then. True Super of Highest Quality and Courageously worded. CONGRATULATIONS for The CLASSIC Poem of The Day.
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/19/2017 4:06:00 AM)


    FOURTH PART
    In our time, the woman loves indeed to, but does not dare to admit anymore, because the position of a woman has changed in at presents society. But in his time he was very true and correct. I have enjoyed this powerful and most beautiful poem of a true romanticus.
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/19/2017 4:04:00 AM)


    PART THREE
    In this poem, the poet explains about the relationship between a man and woman and no matter what the difference of opinion would be, at the end it is a beautiful relationship and lying eternally in a man’s hand is what every woman would love to be.
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/19/2017 4:03:00 AM)


    PART TWO
    Lastly she says that she is his in all spirit and flesh and she would love to be in his hands and share their love eternally. For the very moment she just wants to lay in his arms and feel the secure that he is with her.
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (12/19/2017 4:01:00 AM)


    PART ONE
    A poet full of contradictions, while living in the Victorian Age. But he dared to write and that is most important for a true poet as he. His own summary concerning this poem, I am citing here:
    (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (12/19/2017 1:52:00 AM)


    Robert Browning is the poet remains in heart after romantic poets writing poems on love as much as he can! (Report) Reply

  • (12/19/2017 12:52:00 AM)


    They were young and full of life, unmistakably not dirty and they had divined Eden's romance too...........very passionate indeed...........outstanding piece..........thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (11/6/2016 11:11:00 PM)

    Highly sensible poem
    An excellent poem, though perhaps too erotic. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2001

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 13, 2001


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