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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 - 10,640 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 - 11,125 Points Michael Morgan (1/11/2016 9:11:00 PM)

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

  • Gold Star - 100,214 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. The Hope Of My Heart , John McCrae
  3. 3. To Hope , John Keats
  4. 4. Hope , Emily Jane Brontë
  5. 5. Hope Your Happy , Jessica Anonymous
  6. 6. Evelyn Hope , Robert Browning
  7. 7. Hope , Randall Jarrell
  8. 8. The Instinct Of Hope , John Clare
  9. 9. Dare I Hope? , Sophia White
  10. 10. Hope Holds To Christ , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  11. 11. Work Without Hope , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  12. 12. Since Thou Hast Given Me This Good Hope,.. , Robert Louis Stevenson
  13. 13. Hope Is A Tattered Flag , Carl Sandburg
  14. 14. Bird Of Hope , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  15. 15. Song Of Hope , Thomas Hardy
  16. 16. Love Without Hope , Robert Graves
  17. 17. Oh, They Have Robbed Me Of The Hope , Anne Brontë
  18. 18. Now Let No Charitable Hope , Elinor Morton Wylie
  19. 19. Hope Is Not Lost , Jessica Millsaps
  20. 20. Hope , Friedrich Schiller
  21. 21. Sonnets 12: Cherish You Then The Hope I .. , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  22. 22. Hope Dieth: Hope Liveth , William Morris
  23. 23. Hope (Just A Thought) , .Pd. is here
  24. 24. Hope , ice johnson
  25. 25. Hope , Anne Kingsmill Finch
  26. 26. The Pleasures Of Hope (Excerpt) , Thomas Campbell
  27. 27. Enjoy Hope , Sandra Osborne
  28. 28. The Hope Of The Resurrection , Vachel Lindsay
  29. 29. Hope , jodi right
  30. 30. When Hope But Made Tranquillity Be Felt .. , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  31. 31. Sonnet Xvi: Delusive Hope , Mary Darby Robinson
  32. 32. Hope For The Future , Joseph T. Renaldi
  33. 33. One Must Have Hope , Vega Destiny Star
  34. 34. Lively Hope And Gracious Fear , William Cowper
  35. 35. Sonnet Xxv: False Hope Prolongs , Samuel Daniel
  36. 36. Hope. , Krantol Northic
  37. 37. Lamentations Of Jeremiah Iii: Hope Of Re.. , Prophet Jeremiah
  38. 38. I Hope , Sara Magana
  39. 39. 0431 You Couldn'T Make It Up... I Hope... , Michael Shepherd
  40. 40. Don'T Give Up Hope , Sylvia Chidi
  41. 41. Hope , suchul Jin
  42. 42. A Pastoral Ballad Ii: Hope , William Shenstone
  43. 43. Hope On , Charles Harpur
  44. 44. To Hope , LLM Mbatha
  45. 45. 0022 A Dickinsonian Ode To Hope , Michael Shepherd
  46. 46. Had I Presumed To Hope , Emily Dickinson
  47. 47. Hope , Flora A. Parham
  48. 48. All Hope , Bill Smith
  49. 49. Hope , David Darbyshire
  50. 50. With Faith And Hope , Ernestine Northover
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