Friday, May 1, 2009

Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett on the morning of their wedding day (1846)

"You will only expect a few words. What will those be? When the heart is full it may run over; but the real fullness stays within... Words can never tell you... how perfectly dear you are to me - perfectly dear to my heart and soul. I look back and in every one point, every word and gesture, every letter, every silence - you have been entirely perfect to me- I would not change one word, one look, My hope and aim are to preserve this love, not to fall from it - for which I trust to God, who procured it for me, and doubtless can preserve it. Enough now, my dearest own Ba! You have given me the highest, completest proof of love that ever one human being gave another. I am all gratitude- and all pride...that my life has been so crowned by you."

* Jon gave me "Great Love letters by Great Men" for Christmas, I've been reading it this Friday evening as reward for a tough day of editing final papers.....I think this letter is amazing and beautiful


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A.Mountain.Bride said...

couple things:
1. this made me tear up with a huge smile on my face
2. i love elizabeth barrett browning
3. i think it would be beyond lovely to have this read at a wedding ceremony (i wrote it my love book...i'm all over this)
4. it's sooo sweet that your guy gave you this beautiful book
5. is this the book they talked about in that Sex In The City movie???

A.Mountain.Bride said...

ok...second post on same entry...but I HAD to send you this before I forgot....

mim said...

Just lovely sentiment~must get that book! It would be a beautiful reading!

BTW, I have cousins who grew up in Richmond!