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Famous Women Poets

    Sonnet XLI

    I thank all who have loved me in their hearts,
    With thanks and love from mine. Deep thanks to all
    Who paused a little near the prison-wall
    To hear my music in its louder parts
    Ere they went onward, each one to the mart's
    Or temple's occupation, beyond call.
    But thou, who, in my voice's sink and fall
    When the sob took it, thy divinest Art's
    Own instrument didst drop down at thy foot
    To hearken what I said between my tears, . . .
    Instruct me how to thank thee ! Oh, to shoot
    My soul's full meaning into future years,
    That they should lend it utterance, and salute
    Love that endures, from Life that disappears!

    - Elizabeth Barrett Browning


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