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Evelyn Hope - Poem by Robert Browning


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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!


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 - 7,983 Points Sylva-onyema Uba (2/14/2017 7:14:00 PM)

    That body and soul so pure and gay?

    Well communicated and expressed.

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  • Gold Star - 11,122 Points Michael Morgan (1/11/2016 9:11:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 88,315 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

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Poems About Hope

  1. 1. Hope Is The Thing With Feathers , Emily Dickinson
  2. 2. To Hope , John Keats
  3. 3. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  4. 4. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  5. 5. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  6. 6. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  7. 7. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  8. 8. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  9. 9. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  10. 10. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  11. 11. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  12. 12. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  13. 13. Hope Your Happy , Jessica Anonymous
  14. 14. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  15. 15. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  16. 16. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  17. 17. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  18. 18. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  19. 19. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  20. 20. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  21. 21. Hope Is Not Lost , Jessica Millsaps
  22. 22. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  23. 23. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  24. 24. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  25. 25. When Hope But Made Tranquillity Be Felt .. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  26. 26. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  27. 27. Hope , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  28. 28. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  29. 29. Hope , ice johnson
  30. 30. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  31. 31. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  32. 32. Hope Deferred , Robert Fuller Murray
  33. 33. Sonnet To Hope , Helen Maria Williams
  34. 34. Lamentations Of Jeremiah Iii: Hope Of Re.. , Prophet Jeremiah
  35. 35. One Must Have Hope , Vega Destiny Star
  36. 36. Hope , suchul Jin
  37. 37. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  38. 38. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  39. 39. Hope On , Charles Harpur
  40. 40. To Hope , LLM Mbatha
  41. 41. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  42. 42. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  43. 43. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  44. 44. I Hope , Sara Magana
  45. 45. You Gave Me Words Of Hope , Sugawara Takesue no Musume
  46. 46. Hope , Mathilde Blind
  47. 47. Love, Faith And Hope , Bob Gotti
  48. 48. Hope , David Darbyshire
  49. 49. Hope Is Life , G. Siva Shankar
  50. 50. The Service Without Hope , Emily Dickinson
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