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Evelyn Hope - Poem by Robert Browning

I.

Beautiful Evelyn Hope is dead!
Sit and watch by her side an hour.
That is her book-shelf, this her bed;
She plucked that piece of geranium-flower,
Beginning to die too, in the glass;
Little has yet been changed, I think:
The shutters are shut, no light may pass
Save two long rays thro' the hinge's chink.

II.

Sixteen years old, when she died!
Perhaps she had scarcely heard my name;
It was not her time to love; beside,
Her life had many a hope and aim,
Duties enough and little cares,
And now was quiet, now astir,
Till God's hand beckoned unawares,---
And the sweet white brow is all of her.

III.

Is it too late then, Evelyn Hope?
What, your soul was pure and true,
The good stars met in your horoscope,
Made you of spirit, fire and dew---
And, just because I was thrice as old
And our paths in the world diverged so wide,
Each was nought to each, must I be told?
We were fellow mortals, nought beside?

IV.

No, indeed! for God above
Is great to grant, as mighty to make,
And creates the love to reward the love:
I claim you still, for my own love's sake!
Delayed it may be for more lives yet,
Through worlds I shall traverse, not a few:
Much is to learn, much to forget
Ere the time be come for taking you.

V.

But the time will come,---at last it will,
When, Evelyn Hope, what meant (I shall say)
In the lower earth, in the years long still,
That body and soul so pure and gay?
Why your hair was amber, I shall divine,
And your mouth of your own geranium's red---
And what you would do with me, in fine,
In the new life come in the old one's stead.

VI.

I have lived (I shall say) so much since then,
Given up myself so many times,
Gained me the gains of various men,
Ransacked the ages, spoiled the climes;
Yet one thing, one, in my soul's full scope,
Either I missed or itself missed me:
And I want and find you, Evelyn Hope!
What is the issue? let us see!

VII.

I loved you, Evelyn, all the while.
My heart seemed full as it could hold?
There was place and to spare for the frank young smile,
And the red young mouth, and the hair's young gold.
So, hush,---I will give you this leaf to keep:
See, I shut it inside the sweet cold hand!
There, that is our secret: go to sleep!
You will wake, and remember, and understand.


Comments about Evelyn Hope by Robert Browning

  • Gold Star - 14,868 Points Sylvaonyema Uba (2/14/2017 7:14:00 PM)

    That body and soul so pure and gay?

    Well communicated and expressed.

    Sylva (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 13,339 Points Michael Morgan (1/11/2016 9:11:00 PM)

    Trust an American to find creepiness in a pure sentiment. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 185,095 Points Susan Williams (1/11/2016 4:29:00 PM)

    I'm thinking that Evelyn Hope is a metaphor for Hope or Youth while the narrator is Reality or Old Age. Most of it can be read that way. Otherwise, it sure looks like an old man stalking a young girl and then it's all creepy and this Polly-Anna is going to read it her way or no way. There's enough creepy in the world w/o curling up in an arm chair reading it. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Hope

  1. 1. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers , Emily Dickinson
  2. 2. To Hope , John Keats
  3. 3. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  4. 4. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  5. 5. Y... In The Dark Of The Night (Poem Abou.. , Aufie Zophy
  6. 6. Hope Your Happy , Jessica Anonymous
  7. 7. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  8. 8. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  9. 9. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  10. 10. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  11. 11. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  13. 13. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  14. 14. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  15. 15. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  16. 16. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  17. 17. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  18. 18. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  19. 19. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  20. 20. Hope Is Not Lost , Jessica Millsaps
  21. 21. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  22. 22. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  23. 23. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  24. 24. Hope , ice johnson
  25. 25. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  26. 26. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  27. 27. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  28. 28. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  29. 29. One Must Have Hope , Vega Destiny Star
  30. 30. Hope , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  31. 31. When Hope But Made Tranquillity Be Felt .. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  32. 32. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  33. 33. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  34. 34. Don'T Give Up Hope , Sylvia Chidi
  35. 35. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  36. 36. I Hope , Sara Magana
  37. 37. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  38. 38. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  39. 39. Hope , jodi right
  40. 40. Hope. , Krantol Northic
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  42. 42. 0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope... , Michael Shepherd
  43. 43. Hope , suchul Jin
  44. 44. All Hope , Bill Smith
  45. 45. 0022 A Dickinsonian Ode To Hope , Michael Shepherd
  46. 46. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  48. 48. With Faith And Hope , Ernestine Northover
  49. 49. Hope , Robert Hall
  50. 50. You Gave Me Words Of Hope , Sugawara Takesue no Musume
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