Meeting at Night

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Meeting at Night
by Robert Browning
"Meeting at Night" and "Parting at Morning" were published in Browning's 1845 Dramatic Romances and Lyrics as "Night and Morning", one poem in two parts. They were separated and given their present titles in 1849.

The grey sea and the long black land;
And the yellow half-moon large and low;
And the startled little waves that leap
In fiery ringlets from their sleep,
As I gain the cove with pushing prow,
And quench its speed i' the slushy sand.

Then a mile of warm sea-scented beach;
Three fields to cross till a farm appears;
A tap at the pane, the quick sharp scratch
And blue spurt of a lighted match,
And a voice less loud, thro' its joys and fears,
Than the two hearts beating each to each!