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Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Sonnets from the Portuguese. 18. I never gave a lock of hair away

I never gave a lock of hair away
To a man, Dearest, except this to thee,
Which now upon my fingers thoughtfully
I ring out to the full brown length and say
Take it.  My day of youth went yesterday;
My hair no longer bounds to my foots glee,
Nor plant I it from rose- or myrtle-tree,
As girls do, any more: it only may
Now shade on two pale cheeks the mark of tears,
Taught drooping from the head that hangs aside
Through sorrows trick.  I thought the funeral-shears
Would take this first, but Love is justified,
Take it thou,finding pure, from all those years,
The kiss my mother left here when she died.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's other poems:
  1. Substitution
  2. Bianca among the Nightingales
  3. Cheerfulness Taught by Reason
  4. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 11. And therefore if to love can be desert
  5. Sonnets from the Portuguese. 35. If I leave all for thee, wilt thou exchange

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