2256.  RB to EBB

As published in The Brownings’ Correspondence, 12, 154–155.


[Postmark: 16 March 1846]

Indeed I would, dearest Ba, go with entire gladness and pride to see a light that came from your room[1]—why should that surprise you?– Well, you will know one day.

We understand each other too about the sofas and gilding—oh, I know you, my own sweetest! For me, if I had set those matters to heart, I should have turned into the obvious way of getting them—not out of it, as I did resolutely from the beginning. All I meant was, to express a very natural feeling—if one could give you diamonds for flowers, and if you liked diamonds,—then, indeed!– As it is, wherever we are found shall be, if you please, “For the love’s sake found therein—sweetest house was ever seen”![2]

Mr Kenyon must be merciful—(lilies are of all colours in Palestine—one sort is particularized as white with a dark blue spot and streak—the water lily, lotos, which I think I meant, is blue altogether)[.]

I have walked this morning to town & back. I feel much better, “honestly!” The head better—the spirits rising,—as how should they not, when you think all will go well in the end,—when you write to me that you go down stairs and are stronger—and when the rest is written?

Not more now, dearest, for time is pressing—but you will answer this,—the love that is not here,—not the idle words—and I will reply to-morrow– Thursday is so far away yet!

Bless you, my very own, only dearest!


Address: Miss Barrett, / 50. Wimpole St

Postmark: 8NT8 MR16 1846 B.

Docket, in EBB’s hand: 136.

Publication: RB-EBB, pp. 539–540.

Manuscript: Wellesley College.

1. See the penultimate paragraph in letter 2253.

2. Cf. EBB, “Catarina to Camoëns,” lines 31–32.


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