Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861 / Durham / England)

An Apprehension - Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

IF all the gentlest-hearted friends I know
Concentred in one heart their gentleness,
That still grew gentler till its pulse was less
For life than pity,--I should yet be slow
To bring my own heart nakedly below
The palm of such a friend, that he should press
Motive, condition, means, appliances,

My false ideal joy and fickle woe,
Out full to light and knowledge; I should fear
Some plait between the brows, some rougher chime
In the free voice. O angels, let your flood
Of bitter scorn dash on me ! do ye hear
What I say who hear calmly all the time
This everlasting face to face with GOD ?


Comments about An Apprehension by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Muzahidul Reza (11/5/2017 11:48:00 PM)


    That still grew gentler till its pulse was less
    For life than pity, - I should yet be slow, ........ well done
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  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (11/5/2017 11:48:00 PM)


    Another magnificent poem from one of the most accomplished poets of all time. (Report) Reply

  • Bharati Nayak (11/5/2017 11:46:00 PM)


    My false ideal joy and fickle woe,
    Out full to light and knowledge; I should fear
    Some plait between the brows, some rougher chime
    In the free voice. O angels, let your flood
    Of bitter scorn dash on me! do ye hear
    What I say who hear calmly all the time
    This everlasting face to face with GOD?
    - - - - - -It is faith in divine power or the true knowledge that makes one calm in the face of all hurdles.
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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (11/5/2017 8:41:00 AM)


    Beautiful creation. Amazing poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/5/2017 3:25:00 AM)


    Such a great poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.... (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/5/2017 1:37:00 AM)


    Touching expression with sadness. Beautiful poem. (Report) Reply

  • (11/5/2016 11:36:00 PM)


    Apprehensions of a gentleman poet portrayed in a superb poem. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (11/5/2016 1:10:00 PM)


    I should yet be slow
    To bring my own heart nakedly below
    The palm of such a friend, that he should press
    Motive, condition, means, appliances, ................Fantastic the review of reality!
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  • (11/5/2016 10:05:00 AM)


    A beautiful and expression of sorrow that I see in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (11/5/2016 9:47:00 AM)


    very touching...specially the last two lines-10 (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (11/5/2016 9:12:00 AM)


    Fabulous poetry..... (Report) Reply

  • (11/5/2016 5:02:00 AM)


    Sadness and joy. What a beautiful poem from a great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/5/2016 2:56:00 AM)

    Gentleness
    Gentlest-hearted friends! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • (4/29/2016 4:13:00 PM)


    A wonderful work, it sounds so joyous but when read there is a deeper sense of sadness evoked behind the meaning of the words. My favorite part is the last bit


    O angels, let your flood
    Of bitter scorn dash on me! do ye hear
    What I say who hear calmly all the time
    This everlasting face to face with GOD?

    Sad but also warming, her words still have everlasting power.
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (4/29/2016 9:07:00 AM)


    Awesome poem.....Loved it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2001



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