Robert Browning
London / England

"Heap Cassia, Sandal-Buds And Stripes"

Rating: 2.8
Heap cassia, sandal-buds and stripes
Of labdanum, and aloe-balls,
Smeared with dull nard an Indian wipes
From out her hair: such balsam falls
Down sea-side mountain pedestals,
From tree-tops where tired winds are fain,
Spent with the vast and howling main,
To treasure half their island-gain.

And strew faint sweetness from some old
Egyptian's fine worm-eaten shroud
Which breaks to dust when once unrolled;
Or shredded perfume, like a cloud
From closet long to quiet vowed,
With mothed and dropping arras hung,
Mouldering her lute and books among,
As when a queen, long dead, was young.
Tuesday, December 31, 2002
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COMMENTS
Dr Dillip K Swain 11 January 2021
Wonderful depiction of the beauty of the dead queen at her prime! Perfumed cassia sandal buds mouldering her lute and books... great sketch of the beautiful portrait of the queen with its compactness!
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Ratnakar Mandlik 03 October 2019
A mesmerizing beauty of the dead queen when she was young has been wonderfully portrayed.
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Ramesh T A 03 October 2019
The descriptive beauty of you queen dead long ago is finely depicted in this poem by Poet Robert Browning!
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Kingsley Egbukole 03 October 2019
Beautifully constructed. I love it
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Aniruddha Pathak 03 October 2019
Ah with what minute details the scene is painted! A lovely vintage from an old bard.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 03 October 2018
Beautifully penned. Lovely poem.
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Nadia Umber Lodhi 03 October 2018
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A fine poem to read with.
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A fine poem by the great poet.
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Adrian Flett 03 October 2018
The spices that preserve and treasure life 'As when a queen, long dead, was young'
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