by Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

In the doorway
Language: English 
The swallow has set her six young on the rail,
            And looks sea-ward:
The water’s in stripes like a snake, olive-pale
            To the leeward,—
On the weather-side, black, spotted white with the wind.
“Good fortune departs, and disaster’s behind,”—
Hark, hark, the wind with its wants and its infinite wail!

And why must cold spread? but wherefore bring change
            To the spirit,
God meant should mate his with an infinite range,
            And inherit
His power to put life in the darkness and cold?
Oh, live and love worthily, bear and be bold!
Whom Summer made friends of, let Winter estrange!


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This text was added to the website: 2020-06-03
Line count: 14
Word count: 100