Asolando, Epilogue to

Leddy-Jones Research Hall

Jacoby Art Glass Company, Saint Louis, Missouri

In regard to the third verse of this poem the Pall Mall Gazette of 1 February 1890 related this incident: "One evening, just before his death-illness, the poet was reading this from a proof to his daughter-in-law and sister. He said: 'It almost looks like bragging to say this, and as if I ought to cancel it; but it's the simple truth; and as it's true, it shall stand.'"

Stained Glass-Epilogue to Aslando (Large)

Robert Browning's
"Epilogue" to Asolando

At the midnight in the
   silence of the sleep-time,
When you set your fancies
   free,
Will they pass to where--by
   death, fools think,
   imprisoned--
Low he lies who once so
   loved you, whom you
   loved so,
               --Pity me?

Oh to love so, be so loved, yet so mistaken!
     What had I on earth to do
With the slothful, with the mawkish, the unmanly?
Like the aimless, helpless, hopeless, did I drivel
               --Being--who?

One who never turned his back but marched breast forward,
     Never doubted clouds would break,
Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would
   triumph,
Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better,
               Sleep to wake.

No, at noonday in the bustle of man's work-time
     Greet the unseen with a cheer!
Bid him forward, breast and back as either should be,
"Strive and thrive!" cry "Speed,--fight on, fare ever
               There as here!"

 

One who never turned his back
   but marched breast forward,
Never doubted clouds would break.

Greet the unseen with a cheer!

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Marvin D. Bell