Sonnets from the Portuguese - XXVI
I liv'd with visions for my company

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning


I liv'd with visions for my company
Instead of men and women, years ago,
And found them gentle mates, nor thought to know
A sweeter music than they play'd to me.
But soon their trailing purple was not free
Of this world's dust, their lutes did silent grow,
And I myself grew faint and blind below
Their vanishing eyes. Then THOU didst come-to be,
Beloved, what they seem'd. Their shining fronts,
Their songs, their splendors, (better, yet the same,
As river-water hallow'd into fonts)
Met in thee, and from out thee overcame
My soul with satisfaction of all wants:
Because God's gift puts man's best dreams to shame.



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