Sonnets From the Portuguese - II (But Only Three in All God's Universe)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
   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, so 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.
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