God’s Universe

God’s Universe

But only three in all God’s universe

Have heard this word thou hast said,–Himself, beside

Thee speaking, and me listening! and replied

One of us . . . that was God, . . . and laid the curse

So darkly on my eyelids, as to amerce

My sight from seeing thee,–that if I had died,

The death-weights, placed there, would have signified

Less absolute exclusion.  “Nay” is worse

From God than from all others, O my friend!

Men could not part us with their worldly jars,

Nor the seas change us, nor the tempests bend;

Our hands would touch for all the mountain-bars:

And, heaven being rolled between us at the end,

We should but vow the faster for the stars.

- Elizabeth Browning
- From: Sonnets from The Portuguese

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