Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, QUESTION AND ANSWER, by ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING



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First Line: Love you seek for, presupposes
Last Line: When you shall be safe and gone.
Subject(s): Love


I

LOVE you seek for, presupposes
Summer heat and sunny glow.
Tell me, do you find moss-roses
Budding, blooming in the snow?
Snow might kill the rose-tree's root --
Shake it quickly from your foot,
Lest it harm you as you go.

II

From the ivy where it dapples
A gray ruin, stone by stone,
Do you look for grapes or apples,
Or for sad green leaves alone?
Pluck the leaves off, two or three --
Keep them for morality
When you shall be safe and gone.





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