Change Upon Change Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Change Upon Change

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Five months ago the stream did flow,
The lilies bloomed within the sedge,
And we were lingering to and fro,
Where none will track thee in this snow,
Along the stream, beside the hedge.
Ah, Sweet, be free to love and go!
For if I do not hear thy foot,
The frozen river is as mute,
The flowers have dried down to the root:
And why, since these be changed since May,
Shouldst thou change less than they.

And slow, slow as the winter snow
The tears have drifted to mine eyes;
And my poor cheeks, five months ago
Set blushing at thy praises so,
Put paleness on for a disguise.
Ah, Sweet, be free to praise and go!
For if my face is turned too pale,
It was thine oath that first did fail, -
It was thy love proved false and frail, -
And why, since these be changed enow,
Should I change less than thou.

Change Upon Change
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
D.l. Aceves 23 March 2012

Enow = An archaic word for: enough.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 05 November 2016

The changes in the manifestations of nature with the changing seasons have been wonderfully portrayed in this superb poem by the great poetess. Thanks for sharing it here.

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Jane 92 18 October 2008

i have no idea :) jane

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Yvette Anderson 26 March 2005

what is 'enow' at the sedond last stanza?

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Abby Houthoofd Houthoofd 10 January 2021

this is amazing

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Castellenas John 10 April 2019

Wonderful poetry by dear Elizabeth.

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Katie 21 January 2019

I absolutely hate it. Jokes I love it! It was really good my class got good tips from it.

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Mollie Murphy 26 September 2018

This poem is very good I used this to cheat on my homework AHAHAH

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selah 11 December 2019

what do you meann? ? /

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mallory corbin 11 July 2018

what kind of poem is this? I love it!

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