Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Poems . How do I love thee? My letters! All dead paper…. When Elizabeth was born . Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born in 1806 at Coxhoe hall,Durham, England. She was the first in her family born in England in over two hundred years. She died on June 29,1861.
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My Letters! all dead paper. . . (Sonnet XXVIII)Elizabeth Barrett Browning
My letters! all dead paper, mute and white! And yet they seem alive and quivering Against my tremulous hands which loose the string And let them drop down on my knee tonight. This said—he wished to have me in his sight Once, as a friend: this fixed a day in spring To come and touch my hand. . . a simple thing, Yes I wept for it—this . . . the paper's light. . . Said, Dear, I love thee; and I sank and quailed As if God's future thundered on my past. This said, I am thine—and so its ink has paled With lying at my heart that beat too fast. And this . . . 0 Love, thy words have ill availed If, what this said, I dared repeat at last!My letters! All dead paper…