Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

Patience Taught By Nature - Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

'O DREARY life,' we cry, ' O dreary life ! '
And still the generations of the birds
Sing through our sighing, and the flocks and herds
Serenely live while we are keeping strife
With Heaven's true purpose in us, as a knife
Against which we may struggle ! Ocean girds
Unslackened the dry land, savannah-swards
Unweary sweep, hills watch unworn, and rife
Meek leaves drop year]y from the forest-trees
To show, above, the unwasted stars that pass
In their old glory: O thou God of old,
Grant me some smaller grace than comes to these !--
But so much patience as a blade of grass
Grows by, contented through the heat and cold.


Comments about Patience Taught By Nature by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • (5/25/2016 10:47:00 PM)


    Nature is a great teacher and gives us lessons through it's different manifestations and moods. A great poem, short and sweet indeed. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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  • Amar Agarwala (5/25/2016 7:59:00 PM)


    Small and lovely... the poet seeking patience that synchronizes our lives with time. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (5/25/2016 4:38:00 PM)


    I would guess that even cavemen were lamenting their lack of patience. It is such a universal theme. (Report) Reply

  • (5/25/2016 4:59:00 AM)


    .....patience is a beautiful thing... love this ★ (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/25/2016 2:08:00 AM)


    Nature! ! Through the heat and cold. Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2001

Poem Edited: Saturday, May 12, 2001


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