Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LIFE, by ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

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First Line: Each creature holds an insular point in space
Last Line: Of god's calm angel standing in the sun.
Subject(s): Life

EACH creature holds an insular point in space;
Yet what man stirs a finger, breathes a sound,
But all the multitudinous beings round
In all the countless worlds with time and place
For their conditions, down to the central base,
Thrill, haply, in vibration and rebound,
Life answering life across the vast profound,
In full antiphony, by a common grace?
I think this sudden joyance which illumes
A child's mouth sleeping, unaware may run
From some soul newly loosened from earth's tombs:
I think this passionate sigh, which half-begun
I stifle back, may reach and stir the plumes
Of God's calm angel standing in the sun.

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