Aurora Leigh

Aurora Leigh

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Aurora Leigh

Aurora Leigh

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Of writing many books there is no end;

And I who have written much in prose and verse

For others' uses, will write now for mine,--

Will write my story for my better self,

As when you paint your portrait for a friend,

Who keeps it in a drawer and looks at it

Long after he has ceased to love you, just

To hold together what he was and is.

I, writing thus, am still what men call young;

I have not so far left the coasts of life

To travel inland, that I cannot hear

That murmur of the outer Infinite

Which unweaned babies smile at in their sleep

When wondered at for smiling; not so far,

But still I catch my mother at her post

Beside the nursery-door, with finger up,

"Hush, hush--here's too much noise!" while her

sweet eyes

Leap forward, taking part against her word

In the child's riot. Still I sit and feel

My father's slow hand, when she had left us both,

Stroke out my childish curls across his knee;

And hear Assunta's daily jest (she knew . . .

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