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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
601. Sonnets from the Portuguese
 
XXIV
 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
 
LET the world’s sharpness, like a clasping knife,
Shut in upon itself and do no harm
In this close hand of Love, now soft and warm,
And let us hear no sound of human strife
After the click of the shutting. Life to life—        5
I lean upon thee, Dear, without alarm,
And feel as safe as guarded by a charm
Against the stab of worldlings, who if rife
Are weak to injure. Very whitely still
The lilies of our lives may reassure        10
Their blossoms from their roots, accessible
Alone to heavenly dews that drop not fewer,
Growing straight, out of man’s reach, on the hill.
God only, who made us rich, can make us poor.
 

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