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Trying to race details of a poem
Posted by: Rai Heinze (---.saix.net)
Date: February 01, 2004 05:26PM

Like several of your contributors I am having some difficulty in tracing the details of a poem read and loved some 50 yrs ago by my elder brother Gus. The only information I have is that he thinks it was written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and that some of it reads as follows: "I love you more than words can weild the matter, dearer than eyesight, space or liberty......". The poem was read by him to his school class shortly after meeting the young lady who was to become his wife and to whom he has been married since about 1956 - a long long time. I would dearly like to be able to give the full poem to him and would appreciate your help in tracing the details. I have browsed all the poems of Elizabeth Browning that I have been able to obtain but have had no results to date. Please be so kind as to help me in this matter. Many thanks in anticipation, Yours sincerely Rai.

Re: Trying to race details of a poem
Posted by: Lychgate (---.in-addr.btopenworld.com)
Date: February 01, 2004 05:49PM

It's from Act 1, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's King Lear:

Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter;
Dearer than eye‑sight, space, and liberty;
Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare;
No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour;
As much as child eer loved, or father found;
A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable;
Beyond all manner of so much I love you.

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