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ROBERT BROWNING
English poet
(1812 - 1889)
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Like plants in mines, which never saw the sun,
  But dream of him, and guess where he may be,
    And do the best to climb, and get to him.
      - Paracelsus (last page) [Progress]

In some time, his good time, I shall arrive;
  He guides me and the bird
    In his good time.
      - Paracelsus (pt. I) [Providence]

That we devote ourselves to God is seen
  In living just as though no God there were.
      - Paracelsus (pt. I) [God]

God is the perfect poet,
  Who in his person acts his own creations.
      - Paracelsus (pt. II) [God]

I give the fight up; let there be an end,
  A privacy, an obscure nook for me,
    I want to be forgotten even by God.
      - Paracelsus (pt. V) [Obscurity]

Progress is
  The law of life, man is not
    Man as yet.
      - Paracelsus (pt. V) [Progress]

Autumn wins you best by this, its mute
  Appeal to sympathy for its decay.
      - Paracelsus (sc. 1) [Autumn]

But there are times when patience proves at fault.
      - Paracelsus (sc. 3) [Patience]

Love, hope, fear, faith--these make humanity;
  These are its sign and note and character.
      - Paracelsus (sc. 3) [Humanity]

Let my hand,
  This hand, lie in your own--my own true friend;
    Aprile! Hand-in-hand with you, Aprile!
      - Paracelsus (sc. 5) [Friends]

God's in His Heaven--
  All's right with the world!
      - Pippa Passes (pt. I) [God : Proverbs]

All service is the same with God,
  With God, whose puppets, best and worst,
    Are we: there is no last nor first.
      - Pippa Passes (pt. IV) [God]

Thou art my single day, God lends to leaven
  What were all earth else, with a feel of heaven.
      - Pippa Passes (sc. 1) [Sabbath]

My star, God's glowworm.
      - Popularity [Glowworms]

No! let me taste the whole of it, fare like my peers,
  The heroes of old,
    Bear the brunt, in a minute pay glad life's arrears
      Of pain, darkness and cold.
      - Prospice [Life]

Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.
      - Rabbi Ben Ezra (st. 27) [Change]

For thence,--a paradox
  Which comforts while it mocks,--
    Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail:
      What I aspired to be,
        And was not, comforts me:
          A brute I might have been, but would not sink i' the scale.
      - Rabbi-Ben-Ezra (st. 7) [Paradoxes]

Every one soon or late comes round by Rome.
      - Ring and the Book (V, 296) [Rome]

Hand
  Grasps at hand, eye lights eye in good friendship,
    And great hearts expand
      And grow one in the sense of this world's life.
      - Saul (st. 7) [Friendship]

'Tis not what man Does which exalts him, but what man Would do.
      - Saul (XVIII) [Deeds]

When the liquor's out, why clink the cannikin?
      - The Flight of the Duchess (XVI) [Drinking]

Better have failed in the high aim, as I,
  Than vulgarly in the low aim succeed
    As, God be thanked! I do not.
      - The Inn Album (IV) [Success]

Just for a handful of silver he left us,
  Just for a ribbon to stick in his coat;
    Found the one gift of which Fortune bereft us,
      Lost all the others she lets us devote.
      - The Lost Leader,
        referring to Wordsworth when he turned Tory
        [Fortune]

To me at least was never evening yet
  But seemed far beautifuller than its day.
      - The Ring and the Book--Pompilia (l. 357)
        [Evening]

It is the glory and good of Art,
  That Art remains the one way possible
    Of speaking truth, to mouths like mine at least.
      - The Ring and the Book--The Book and the Ring
         (l. 842) [Art]


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