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SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE: 27, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: My own beloved, who hast lifted me
Last Line: That love, as strong as death, retrieves as well.
Subject(s): Love; Spiritual Life; Women & Religion

My own Beloved, who hast lifted me
From this drear flat of earth where I was thrown,
And, in betwixt the languid ringlets, blown
A life-breath, till the forehead hopefully
Shines out again, as all the angels see,
Before thy saving kiss! My own, my own,
Who camest to me when the world was gone,
And I who looked for only God, found thee!
I find thee; I am safe, and strong, and glad.
As one who stands in dewless asphodel
Looks backward on the tedious time he had
In the upper life, -- so I, with bosom-swell,
Make witness, here, between the good and bad,
That Love, as strong as Death, retrieves as well.

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