A Woman's Last Word

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A Woman's Last Word  (1855) 
by Robert Browning

I

Let's contend no more, Love,
     Strive nor weep:
All be as before, Love,
     —Only sleep!

II

What so wild as words are?
     I and thou
In debate, as birds are,
     Hawk on bough!

III

See the creature stalking
     While we speak!
Hush and hide the talking,
     Cheek on cheek!

IV

What so false as truth is,
     False to thee?
Where the serpent's tooth is
     Shun the tree—

V

Where the apple reddens
     Never pry—
Lest we lose our Edens,
     Eve and I.

VI

Be a god and hold me
     With a charm!
Be a man and fold me
     With thine arm!

VII

Teach me, only teach, Love
     As I ought
I will speak thy speech, Love,
     Think thy thought—

VIII

Meet, if thou require it,
     Both demands,
Laying flesh and spirit
     In thy hands.

IX

That shall be to-morrow
     Not to-night:
I must bury sorrow
     Out of sight:

X

—Must a little weep, Love,
     (Foolish me!)
And so fall asleep, Love,
     Loved by thee.

This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.