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This guelder rose, at far too slight a beck
Of the wind, will toss about her flower-apples.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. II) [Roses]
In God, for your part?--that He who makes
Can make good things from ill things, best from worst,
As men plant tulips upon dunghills when
They wish them finest.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. II) [Tulips]
You forget too much
That every creature, female as the male,
Stands single in responsible act and thought,
As also in birth and death.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. II, l. 472) [Women]
Girls blush, sometimes, because they are alive,
Half wishing they were dead to save the shame.
The sudden blush devours them, neck and brow;
They have drawn too near the fire of life, like gnats,
And flare up bodily, wings and all.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. II, l. 732) [Blushes]
And lilies are still lilies, pulled
By smutty hands, though spotted from their white.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. III) [Flowers : Lilies]
Hope, he called, belief
In God,--work, worship . . . therefore let us pray!
- Aurora Leigh (bk. III) [Prayer]
The music soars within the little lark,
And the lark soars.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. III, l. 155) [Larks]
Get leave to work
In this world,--'tis the best you get at all.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. III, l. 164) [Work]
I worked with patience which means almost power.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. III, l. 205) [Patience]
There's not a crime
But takes its proper change out still in crime
If once rung on the counter of this world.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. III, l. 870) [Crime]
He likes the poor things of the world the best,
I would not, therefore, if I could be rich.
It pleases him t stoop for buttercups.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. IV) [Buttercups]
I would not be a rose upon the wall
A queen might stop at, near the palace-door,
To say to a courtier, "Pluck that rose for me,
It's prettier than the rest." O Romney Leigh!
I'd rather far be trodden by his foot,
Than lie in a great queen's bosom.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. IV) [Love]
What is art
But life upon the larger scale, the higher,
When, graduating up in a spiral line
Of still expanding and ascending gyres,
It pushed toward the intense significance
Of all things, hungry for the Infinite?
Art's life--and where we live, we suffer and toil.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. IV, l. 1,150) [Progress]
But I love you, sir:
And when a woman says she loves a man,
The man must hear her, though he love her not.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. IX) [Love]
Let no one till his death
Be called unhappy. Measure not the work
Until the day's out and the labour done.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. V, l. 78) [Work]
In this bad, twisted, topsy-turvy world,
Where all the heaviest wrongs get uppermost.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. V, l. 981) [World]
A great acacia, with its slender trunk
And overpoise of multitudinous leaves.
(In which a hundred fields might spill their dew
And intense verdure, yet find room enough)
Stood reconciling all the place with green.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. VI) [Acacia]
'Twas a yellow rose,
By that south window of the little house,
My cousin Romney gathered with his hand
On all my birthdays, for me. save the last;
And then I shook the tree too rough, too rough,
For roses to stay after.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. VI) [Roses]
You take a pink,
You dig about its roots and water it,
And so improve it to a garden-pink,
But will not change it to a heliotrope.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. VI) [Pinks]
Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. VII) [Autumn]
. . . Purple lilies Dante blew
To a larger bubble with his prophet breath.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. VII) [Lilies]
"There's nothing great
Nor small," has said a poet of our day,
Whose voice will ring beyond the curfew of eve
And not be thrown out by the matin's bell.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. VII),
probably referring to Emerson's "Epigram to History", "There is no great and no small."
Those tall flowering-reeds which stand,
In Arno like a sheaf of sceptres, left
By some remote dynasty of dead gods.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. VII) [Reeds]
Wall must get the weather stain
Before they grow the ivy.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. VIII) [Ivy]
Free men freely work:
Whoever fears God, fears to sit at ease.
- Aurora Leigh (bk. VIII, l. 784) [Work]
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