Monday, September 12, 2005

Browning Elopement Anniversary

On this date in 1846, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning eloped. Elizabeth was a virtual recluse who communicated with very few people, but she did send some poems to the poet Robert Browning. He replied via telegram:

"I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett. I do, as I say, love these books with all my heart - and I love you too."

Robert and Elizabeth met a few months later and fell in love. They wrote many letters to each other as their love grew.

So, 159 years ago today, they eloped. Two years ago this month, the Hubster and I tied the knot, and we can't seem to get it untied, so I guess we're stuck. We had this poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning read at our wedding:

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Ye olde Hubster and I have a few sweet poems and letters we've written to each other, but, seeing as most of them contain the term "Hootie Hoo!", I think it best that I not re-print any of them here.

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