Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, LOVE IN A LIFE, by ROBERT BROWNING



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First Line: Room after room / I hunt the house through
Last Line: Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!
Subject(s): Houses; Mirrors; Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ROOM after room,
I hunt the house through
We inhabit together.
Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her --
Next time, herself! -- not the trouble behind her
Left in the curtain, the couch's perfume!
As she brushed it, the cornice-wreath blossomed anew:
You looking-glass gleamed at the wave of her feather.

Yet the day wears,
And door succeeds door;
I try the fresh fortune --
Range the wide house from the wing to the centre.
Still the same chance! she goes out as I enter.
Spend my whole day in the quest, -- who cares?
But 't is twilight, you see, -- with such suites to explore,
Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!





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