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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
IV. Futurity with the Departed
By Mrs. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
AND, O beloved voices, upon which
Ours passionately call, because erelong
Ye brake off in the middle of that song
We sang together softly, to enrich
The poor world with the sense of love, and witch        5
The heart out of things evil,—I am strong,
Knowing ye are not lost for aye among
The hills with last year’s thrush. God keeps a niche
In Heaven to hold our idols; and albeit
He brake them to our faces, and denied        10
That our close kisses should impair their white,
I know we shall behold them raised, complete,
The dust shook off their beauty, glorified,
New Memnons singing in the great God-light.
 
 
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