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Because thou hast the power (Sonnet 39) / Elizabeth Barret Browning


Because thou hast the power (Sonnet XXXIX)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Because thou hast the power and own’st the grace

To look through and behind this mask of me

(Against which years have beat thus blanchingly

With their rains), and behold my soul’s true face,


The dim and weary witness of life’s race,—

Because thou hast the faith and love to see,