Ring and the Book, I, Lyric Love

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Stained Glass-The Ring and the Book, I  (Large)

Excerpt from Robert Browning's
The Ring and the Book, I, "O Lyric Love"

O lyric Love, half angel and half bird,
And all a wonder and a wild desire,--
Boldest of hearts that ever braved the sun,
Took sanctuary within the holier blue,
And sang a kindred soul out to his face,--
Yet human at the red-ripe of the heart--
When the first summons from the darkling earth
Reached thee amid thy chambers, blanched their blue,
And bared them of the glory--to drop down,
To toil for man, to suffer or to die,--
This is the same voice: can thy soul know change?
Hail then, and hearken from the realms of help!
Never may I commence my song, my due
To God who best taught song by gift of thee,
Except with bent head and beseeching hand--
That still, despite the distance and the dark,
What was, again may be; some interchange
Of grace, some splendor once thy very thought,
Some benediction anciently thy smile:
--Never conclude, but raising hand and head
Thither where eyes, that cannot reach, yet yearn
For all hope, all sustainment, all reward,
Their utmost up and on,--so blessing back
In those thy realms of help, that heaven thy home,
Some whiteness which, I judge, thy face makes proud,
Some wanness where, I think, thy foot may fall!

O lyric Love, half angel and half bird,
And all a wonder and a wild desire,--
Yet human at the red-ripe of the heart--
This is the same voice: can thy soul know change?
Hail then, and hearken from the realms of help!

Gift of Edith Morse and Ephriam Silas Fentress