Vintage verse – Meeting at Night by Robert Browning


Meeting at Night

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, through joys and fears,
Than the two hearts beating each to each!

by Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Photo by Christine Klocek-Lim


One response to “Vintage verse – Meeting at Night by Robert Browning”

  1. David W. Parsley Avatar

    One of my favorite poems by Robert Browning, highly evocative and full of a subtly expressed human drama. I will be glad when autumn sky poetry daily comes off hiatus.

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