BOOM! Poetry Memorization

Busted out the first and last stanza today!  Thanks Browning!  What a lovely poem to speak out loud.

Love among the Ruins

 

Where the quiet-coloured end of evening smiles,
         Miles and miles
On the solitary pastures where our sheep
         Half-asleep
Tinkle homeward thro’ the twilight, stray or stop
         As they crop—
Was the site once of a city great and gay,
         (So they say)
Of our country’s very capital, its prince
         Ages since
Held his court in, gathered councils, wielding far
         Peace or war.
——————————–
In one year they sent a million fighters forth
         South and North,
And they built their gods a brazen pillar high
         As the sky
Yet reserved a thousand chariots in full force—
         Gold, of course.
O heart! oh blood that freezes, blood that burns!
         Earth’s returns
For whole centuries of folly, noise and sin!
         Shut them in,
With their triumphs and their glories and the rest!
         Love is best.
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