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Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Durham / England
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Durham / England
Saturday, May 12, 2001

Cheerfulness Taught By Reason

Rating: 2.8
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. '
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Ratnakar Mandlik 23 July 2019
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
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Edward Kofi Louis 23 July 2019
In this unfair World! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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chatrwaal 23 July 2019
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Ruta Mohapatra 23 July 2019
The last line is very beautiful.
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Mahtab Bangalee 23 July 2019
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....////
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Ramesh T A 23 July 2019
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!
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Mahtab Bangalee 23 July 2019
Right you are Sir
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Aniruddha Pathak 23 July 2019
A beautifully crafted sonnet with interlinked rhymes on cultivating a nature of cheerfulness rather than one of complaining.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 23 July 2019
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.
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Adeeb Alfateh 23 July 2019
O pusillanimous Heart, be comforted And, like a cheerful traveller, take the road Singing beside the hedge. beautiful and great write great 10+++++++++
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Bernard F. Asuncion 23 July 2019
A well composed poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning...
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