Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

In Three Days

Poem by Robert Browning

I.

So, I shall see her in three days
And just one night, but nights are short,
Then two long hours, and that is morn.
See how I come, unchanged, unworn!
Feel, where my life broke off from thine,
How fresh the splinters keep and fine,---
Only a touch and we combine!

II.

Too long, this time of year, the days!
But nights, at least the nights are short.
As night shows where ger one moon is,
A hand's-breadth of pure light and bliss,
So life's night gives my lady birth
And my eyes hold her! What is worth
The rest of heaven, the rest of earth?

III.

O loaded curls, release your store
Of warmth and scent, as once before
The tingling hair did, lights and darks
Outbreaking into fairy sparks,
When under curl and curl I pried
After the warmth and scent inside,
Thro' lights and darks how manifold---
The dark inspired, the light controlled
As early Art embrowns the gold.

IV.

What great fear, should one say, ``Three days
``That change the world might change as well
``Your fortune; and if joy delays,
``Be happy that no worse befell!''
What small fear, if another says,
``Three days and one short night beside
``May throw no shadow on your ways;
``But years must teem with change untried,
``With chance not easily defied,
``With an end somewhere undescried.''
No fear!---or if a fear be born
This minute, it dies out in scorn.
Fear? I shall see her in three days
And one night, now the nights are short,
Then just two hours, and that is morn.


Comments about In Three Days by Robert Browning

  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (8/12/2019 1:39:00 PM)

    Eager waiting for his person, he counts the time is just three days and night! Nicely penned by Poet Robert Browning! Thanks for sharing!(Report)Reply

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  • Landon sawderb (8/12/2019 10:34:00 AM)

    I hate kids they suck so much(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/12/2019 4:01:00 AM)

    The wait for the beloved dipped in anxiety, eagerness and restlessness has been wonderfully portrayed by Robert Browning in this amazing emotional outburst.(Report)Reply

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  • Jane Campion (8/12/2019 2:04:00 AM)

    So formalised. A sign of the times.(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (8/12/2019 1:55:00 AM)

    An excellent poem, one of the best! A masterpiece! Thanks for sharing!(Report)Reply

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  • Sachidananda PandaSachidananda Panda (8/12/2019 1:38:00 AM)

    A love poem, with direct speech, spells the effect of anticipation, waiting
    for three days and one night before he sees her again. realistic.and enjoyable.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (8/12/2019 1:23:00 AM)

    The poem beautifully comes to its theme,
    'No fear! - -or if a fear be born
    This minute, it dies out in scorn.
    Fear? I shall see her in three days
    And one night, now the nights are short,
    Then just two hours, and that is morn....'
    Lovely.(Report)Reply

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (8/12/2018 11:50:00 PM)

    'Only a touch and we combine! ' - Marvelous!(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/12/2018 6:46:00 AM)

    The great Robert BRowning inspired so many. we studied him in literature classes. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (8/12/2018 6:32:00 AM)

    The anticipation so well shown and carried through the poem. Anticipation is so often even better than the happening.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/12/2018 5:08:00 AM)

    Here grace of three days could not pacify and beautify the wholeness but short time of night (two hours) ruins the wholeness!

    mastermind writings(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (8/12/2018 2:54:00 AM)

    Great poem of love and longing where the measure of time is checkered one as if to cheat a lover:
    So, I shall see her in three days
    And just one night, but nights are short,
    Then two long hours, and that is morn.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (8/12/2018 2:13:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Robert Browning👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (8/12/2018 1:49:00 AM)

    How long the waiting seems when one is waiting for a loved one! A sensitive portrayal of the torture of waiting!(Report)Reply

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  • Alexander JulianAlexander Julian (8/12/2017 10:36:00 PM)

    If there are different kinds of fear in various sizes, how does each fear die between other fears? I'm asking this question in order to read the poem, so if you guys dislike my comment, you might be able to read the poem better by giving a more useful response. We're here to learn, right? The goal of poetry is to provide yourself with destiny and strength, so use some words for a change. You can't have any learning by using your thumbs all the time. Besides, this poem commends well on the concept of a lover's status and defense! I sure like it.(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (8/12/2017 5:53:00 PM)

    A convincing love poem, with plenty of direct speech, spoken words, that to the effect of anticipation, waiting
    for three days and one night before he sees her again. Really good.(Report)Reply

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  • Joshua AdeyemiJoshua Adeyemi (8/12/2017 5:20:00 PM)

    The moment miss onedear to you...Lovely!(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (8/12/2017 8:49:00 AM)

    A poem on love with deep emotion and passion has been posted beautifully.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/12/2017 3:48:00 AM)

    Great fear! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (8/12/2017 12:10:00 AM)

    and just two hours, and that is morn
    the intensity of emotions is simply touching.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2001



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