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Evelyn Hope - Poem by Robert Browning


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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!


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 - 11,276 Points Sylva-onyema Uba (2/14/2017 7:14:00 PM)

    That body and soul so pure and gay?

    Well communicated and expressed.

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  • Gold Star - 11,125 Points Michael Morgan (1/11/2016 9:11:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 109,103 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. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  5. 5. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  6. 6. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  7. 7. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  8. 8. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  9. 9. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  10. 10. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  11. 11. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  12. 12. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  13. 13. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  14. 14. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  15. 15. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  16. 16. Hope, Hope And Hope , gajanan mishra
  17. 17. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  18. 18. Hope Or Hope Against Hope , Kumarmani Mahakul
  19. 19. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  20. 20. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  21. 21. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  22. 22. Love, Faith And Hope , Bob Gotti
  23. 23. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  24. 24. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  25. 25. I Hope I Hope , gajanan mishra
  26. 26. When There Is No Hope And Nothing To Hop.. , Shalom Freedman
  27. 27. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  28. 28. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  29. 29. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  30. 30. Sonnet- Hope Is Always There , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  31. 31. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  32. 32. The Service Without Hope , Emily Dickinson
  33. 33. There Is Always Hope For Tomorrow , Ronell Warren Alman
  34. 34. Hope , David Darbyshire
  35. 35. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  36. 36. Don'T Give Up Hope , Sylvia Chidi
  37. 37. Good Hope Men's Prayer Breakfast , Luke Easter
  38. 38. Only Hope Of Survival , Amy Louise Kerswell
  39. 39. Stallions Hope , Sandra Osborne
  40. 40. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  41. 41. Hope......(Hope Reigns Supreme) , saadat tahir
  42. 42. 'Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here' , Not Long Left
  43. 43. Only Hope Of Survival , Amy Kerswell
  44. 44. Suicide Is My Only Hope , Amy Kerswell
  45. 45. Villanelle: Hope Not Hope Against The La.. , T (no first name) Wignesan
  46. 46. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  47. 47. Hope To Be.... , hazem al jaber
  48. 48. A Song Of Hope , David SmithWhite
  49. 49. Seamstress Of Hope , Patricia Gale
  50. 50. Good Hope Baptist Church Choir , Luke Easter
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