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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
VII. Love’s Power
Meeting at Night
Robert Browning (1812–1889)
 
THE GRAY sea, and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low;
And the startling little waves, that leap
In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
As I gain the cove with pushing prow,        5
And quench its speed in the slushy sand.
 
Then a mile of warm, sea-scented beach;
Three fields to cross, till a farm appears:
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue spurt of a lighted match,        10
And a voice less loud, through its joys and fears,
Than the two hearts, beating each to each.
 
 
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