Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

Cheerfulness Taught By Reason

Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

I THINK we are too ready with complaint
In this fair world of God's. Had we no hope
Indeed beyond the zenith and the slope
Of yon gray blank of sky, we might grow faint
To muse upon eternity's constraint
Round our aspirant souls; but since the scope
Must widen early, is it well to droop,
For a few days consumed in loss and taint ?
O pusillanimous Heart, be comforted
And, like a cheerful traveller, take the road
Singing beside the hedge. What if the bread
Be bitter in thine inn, and thou unshod
To meet the flints ? At least it may be said
' Because the way is short, I thank thee, God. '


Comments about Cheerfulness Taught By Reason by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Ratnakar Mandlik (7/23/2019 10:53:00 PM)

    A fabulous inspirational poem advocating to take life in it's stride and make the most of it in spite of complaining for hard times or troubles confronting therein. A well deserved classic of the D(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (7/23/2019 12:37:00 PM)

    In this unfair World! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • chatrwaal (7/23/2019 12:18:00 PM)

    I was somewhat lost toward the end. The initial segment sees to state we as a whole kick the bucket. The second gives the idea that the darling will endure. I may not be right, however this is my take of this magnificent poem.

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (7/23/2019 11:33:00 AM)

    The last line is very beautiful.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (7/23/2019 4:07:00 AM)

    O pusillanimous Heart, be comforted
    And, like a cheerful traveler../// excellent

    no complaint
    cowardly
    feel not the taint
    come out
    and mend
    the heart
    to be happy saint....////(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (7/23/2019 3:03:00 AM)

    Instead of complaining it is better to be satisfied with what better things we have to go ahead in life! Thanks for sharing this nice sonnet by Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning!(Report)Reply

    Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee(7/23/2019 3:59:00 AM)

    Right you are Sir

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  • Luis Estable (7/23/2019 2:28:00 AM)

    I do not think she is at her best here. I do not find the reading so flowing and the lines do not go from one lo another so well in rhythm.
    I take this to be an optimistic poem, but not her best take.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (7/23/2019 1:52:00 AM)

    A beautifully crafted sonnet with interlinked rhymes
    on cultivating a nature of cheerfulness rather than
    one of complaining.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (7/23/2019 1:48:00 AM)

    To meet the flints? At least it may be said
    ' Because the way is short, I thank thee, God. '....touching expression with nice theme. Beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/23/2019 1:17:00 AM)

    O pusillanimous Heart, be comforted
    And, like a cheerful traveller, take the road
    Singing beside the hedge.

    beautiful and great write
    great 10+++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (7/23/2019 12:35:00 AM)

    A well composed poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning...(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2001

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 12, 2001