Robert Browning

(1812-1889 / London / England)

Robert Browning Poems

141. A Lovers' Quarrel 5/13/2001
142. A Light Woman 5/13/2001
143. A Grammarian's Funeral Shortly after the Revival of Learnin 1/1/2004
144. A Face 4/7/2010
145. A Cavalier Song 4/7/2010
146. "Heap cassia, sandal-buds and stripes" 12/31/2002

The Lost Leader

I.

Just for a handful of silver he left us,
Just for a riband to stick in his coat---
Found the one gift of which fortune bereft us,
Lost all the others she lets us devote;
They, with the gold to give, doled him out silver,
So much was theirs who so little allowed:
How all our copper had gone for his service!

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