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 RezaMuzahidul 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(Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose 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

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  • Bharati NayakBharati 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.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (11/5/2017 8:41:00 AM)

    Beautiful creation. Amazing poem.(Report)Reply

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

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

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

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

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (11/5/2016 11:36:00 PM)

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

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab 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!(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (11/5/2016 10:05:00 AM)

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

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

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

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

    Fabulous poetry.....(Report)Reply

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  • Tom Billsborough (11/5/2016 5:02:00 AM)

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

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

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

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  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (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.(Report)Reply

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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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