Elizabeth Barrett Browning

(6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861 / Durham / England)

Change Upon Change - Poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Five months ago the stream did flow,
The lilies bloomed within the sedge,
And we were lingering to and fro,
Where none will track thee in this snow,
Along the stream, beside the hedge.
Ah, Sweet, be free to love and go!
For if I do not hear thy foot,
The frozen river is as mute,
The flowers have dried down to the root:
And why, since these be changed since May,
Shouldst thou change less than they.

And slow, slow as the winter snow
The tears have drifted to mine eyes;
And my poor cheeks, five months ago
Set blushing at thy praises so,
Put paleness on for a disguise.
Ah, Sweet, be free to praise and go!
For if my face is turned too pale,
It was thine oath that first did fail, --
It was thy love proved false and frail, --
And why, since these be changed enow,
Should I change less than thou.


Comments about Change Upon Change by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • Rookie - 274 Points D.l. Aceves (3/23/2012 10:23:00 PM)

    Enow = An archaic word for: enough. (Report) Reply

    8 person liked.
    4 person did not like.
  • Rookie Jane 92 (10/18/2008 2:06:00 AM)

    i have no idea :)
    jane (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yvette Anderson (3/26/2005 3:00:00 PM)

    what is 'enow' at the sedond last stanza? (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: change, snow, river, winter, love, flower



Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2001



[Hata Bildir]