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Evelyn Hope - Poem by Robert Browning

I.

Beautiful Evelyn Hope is dead!
Sit and watch by her side an hour.
That is her book-shelf, this her bed;
She plucked that piece of geranium-flower,
Beginning to die too, in the glass;
Little has yet been changed, I think:
The shutters are shut, no light may pass
Save two long rays thro' the hinge's chink.

II.

Sixteen years old, when she died!
Perhaps she had scarcely heard my name;
It was not her time to love; beside,
Her life had many a hope and aim,
Duties enough and little cares,
And now was quiet, now astir,
Till God's hand beckoned unawares,---
And the sweet white brow is all of her.

III.

Is it too late then, Evelyn Hope?
What, your soul was pure and true,
The good stars met in your horoscope,
Made you of spirit, fire and dew---
And, just because I was thrice as old
And our paths in the world diverged so wide,
Each was nought to each, must I be told?
We were fellow mortals, nought beside?

IV.

No, indeed! for God above
Is great to grant, as mighty to make,
And creates the love to reward the love:
I claim you still, for my own love's sake!
Delayed it may be for more lives yet,
Through worlds I shall traverse, not a few:
Much is to learn, much to forget
Ere the time be come for taking you.

V.

But the time will come,---at last it will,
When, Evelyn Hope, what meant (I shall say)
In the lower earth, in the years long still,
That body and soul so pure and gay?
Why your hair was amber, I shall divine,
And your mouth of your own geranium's red---
And what you would do with me, in fine,
In the new life come in the old one's stead.

VI.

I have lived (I shall say) so much since then,
Given up myself so many times,
Gained me the gains of various men,
Ransacked the ages, spoiled the climes;
Yet one thing, one, in my soul's full scope,
Either I missed or itself missed me:
And I want and find you, Evelyn Hope!
What is the issue? let us see!

VII.

I loved you, Evelyn, all the while.
My heart seemed full as it could hold?
There was place and to spare for the frank young smile,
And the red young mouth, and the hair's young gold.
So, hush,---I will give you this leaf to keep:
See, I shut it inside the sweet cold hand!
There, that is our secret: go to sleep!
You will wake, and remember, and understand.


Comments about Evelyn Hope by Robert Browning

  • Gold Star - 10,945 Points Michael Morgan (1/11/2016 9:11:00 PM)

    Trust an American to find creepiness in a pure sentiment. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 66,259 Points Susan Williams (1/11/2016 4:29:00 PM)

    I'm thinking that Evelyn Hope is a metaphor for Hope or Youth while the narrator is Reality or Old Age. Most of it can be read that way. Otherwise, it sure looks like an old man stalking a young girl and then it's all creepy and this Polly-Anna is going to read it her way or no way. There's enough creepy in the world w/o curling up in an arm chair reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 60,454 Points Kim Barney (1/11/2016 7:50:00 AM)

    If Hope is dead,
    We've much to dread!
    Sorry. I must agree with Elizabeth Fry. A fifty-plus year-old man expressing his love for a dead sixteen-year-old girl does border on the creepy. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Hope

  1. 1. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  2. 2. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  3. 3. Hope , Joseph Rodman Drake
  4. 4. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  5. 5. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. 6. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  7. 7. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  8. 8. To Hope , John Keats
  9. 9. Hope And Joy , Akbaralli Meghji
  10. 10. The Ship Of Hope , Anne Sicola
  11. 11. When Your Hope Is Gone , Blair Jarrells
  12. 12. December Is The Focus Of Hope , Carolyn Pendleton
  13. 13. My Hope , Christine Ullmann LFABI
  14. 14. Hope , Cira Ardwin
  15. 15. In My Hope Is My Portion , Ernestine J. Tebo, Bridge
  16. 16. Hope , Evelyn Locke Irvin
  17. 17. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  18. 18. Hope , Heidi Anne Bell
  19. 19. Hope Eternal , Helen Cline
  20. 20. Hope , John Gallar
  21. 21. Hope For All , Mary Dolores Meier
  22. 22. The Seasons Of Hope , Pius Dapre
  23. 23. Hope , Margaret Roe
  24. 24. My Hope , Nita S. Balma
  25. 25. Tsholofelo, My Hope (A Tribute To The As.. , Remedios Nalundasan-Abijan
  26. 26. Hope , Ruby Q=Petersen
  27. 27. By The Name Of Hope And Love , Tae Woo Park
  28. 28. Lamentations Of Jeremiah Iii: Hope Of Re.. , Prophet Jeremiah
  29. 29. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  30. 30. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  31. 31. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  32. 32. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  33. 33. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  34. 34. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  35. 35. Hope , Mathilde Blind
  36. 36. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  37. 37. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  38. 38. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  39. 39. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  40. 40. Sonnet To Hope , Helen Maria Williams
  41. 41. Hope Deferred , Robert Fuller Murray
  42. 42. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  43. 43. Hope , Tom Ramsey
  44. 44. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers , Emily Dickinson
  45. 45. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  46. 46. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. The Service Without Hope , Emily Dickinson
  48. 48. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  49. 49. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  50. 50. The Worlds Only Certain Hope , Bob Gotti
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