Browning, Elizabeth Barrett The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning Complete in One Volume from the Last London Edition James Miller, Publisher, 779 Broadway, New York, 1870, Decorative Cloth, , Reprint in One volume of first American , Very Good /No Jacket
533 pp. Brown cloth stamped in black and gold. Lovely floral design. AEG. A reprint of the 1862 edition, 'Complete in One Volume.' There is some fraying beginning at top and bottom of spine. Three corners are bent but barely rubbed. The brown endpapers have split at the hinges, but the cloth hinges are still intact. 'Experience, like a pale musician, holds / A dulcimer of patience in his hand / Whence harmonies we cannot understand, Of God's will in His worlds, the strain unfolds / In sad perplexed minors.'
HOME THOUGHTS, FROM ABROAD
Oh, to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England - now!
And after April, when May follows
And the white-throat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops - at the bent spray's edge -
That's the wise thrush: he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children's dower
- Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!