Adequacy Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Adequacy

Rating: 2.9


NOW, by the verdure on thy thousand hills,
Beloved England, doth the earth appear
Quite good enough for men to overbear
The will of God in, with rebellious wills !
We cannot say the morning-sun fulfils
Ingloriously its course, nor that the clear
Strong stars without significance insphere
Our habitation: we, meantime, our ills
Heap up against this good and lift a cry
Against this work-day world, this ill-spread feast,
As if ourselves were better certainly
Than what we come to. Maker and High Priest,
I ask thee not my joys to multiply,--
Only to make me worthier of the least.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Cynthia Buhain-baello 20 October 2009

Written in perfection, and still relevant today, as we are suffering the consequences of what we did to 'Our habitation'...climate change.

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Edward Kofi Louis 29 April 2016

Beloved England! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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* Sunprincess * 19 March 2014

........my favourite stanza.. NOW, by the verdure on thy thousand hills, Beloved England, doth the earth appear Quite good enough for men to overbear The will of God in, with rebellious wills! ~

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Alem Hailu G/kristos 29 April 2016

Yes we have to show stewardship to our environment to ensure the sustainability of life!

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Chinedu Dike 02 July 2022

A wonderful poem written with spiritual insight.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 29 April 2016

I ask thee not my joys to multiply, - Only to make me worthier of the least. Beautiful and profound write. Thanks for sharing it here.

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Oladoyin Micheal 29 April 2016

Although the world is suffering from the heat of economic break down, yet there are some things left to gladen one's heart in the country. I love this literary piece.

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R.k.s. Yadav [ Rahee] 29 April 2016

i ask thee not my joys to multiply- only to make me worthier of the least..beautiful thoughts with a great meaning

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