Sonnets from the Portuguese

Window 2, Sonnet 3

Austin Moore - Elizabeth Barrett Browning Salon

Charles J. Connick Associates, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

Robert, at the age of thirty-two, enters Elizabeth's life. In this second window of the series, Robert is dressed in gold, a color of warmth and friendship; and his cloak is green, symbolizing rebirth and healing. He carries a lyre, indicating that he is a poet. Elizabeth's hands are open to the acceptance of his friendship.

Sonnet #3

Elizabeth Barrett Browning's
Sonnets from the Portuguese
Sonnet 3

UNLIKE are we, unlike, O princely Heart!
Unlike our uses and our destinies.
Our ministering two angels look surprise
On one another, as they strike athwart
Their wings in passing. Thou, bethink thee, art
A guest for queens to social pageantries,
With gages from a hundred brighter eyes
Than tears even can make mine, to play thy part
Of chief musician. What hast thou to do
With looking from the lattice-lights at me,
A poor, tired, wandering singer, singing through
The dark, and leaning up a cypress tree?
The chrism is on thine head,--on mine, the dew,--
And Death must dig the level where these agree.

A guest for queens to social pageantries.

In memory of Austin Moore

Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Charles R. Moore