Elizabeth Barrett Browning





                      Aurora Leigh

                      [Auszug: Buch I]


845   My books!
                  At last, because the time was ripe,
I chanced upon the poets.
                                        As the earth
850   Plunges in fury, when the internal fires
Have reached and pricked her heart, and, throwing flat
The marts and temples, the triumphal gates
And towers of observation, clears herself
To elemental freedom–thus, my soul,
855   At poetry's divine first finger-touch,
Let go conventions and sprang up surprised,
Convicted of the great eternities
Before two worlds.
                              What's this, Aurora Leigh,
You write so of the poets, and not laugh?
860   Those virtuous liars, dreamers after dark,
Exaggerators of the sun and moon,
And soothsayers in a tea-cup?
                                               I write so
Of the only truth-tellers, now left to God, –
The only speakers of essential truth,
865   Opposed to relative, comparative,
And temporal truths; the only holders by
His sun-skirts, through conventional grey glooms;
The only teachers who instruct mankind,
From just a shadow on a charnel-wall,
870   To find man's veritable stature out,
[32] Erect, sublime, – the measure of a man,
And that's the measure of an angel, says
The apostle.   Ay, and while your common men
Build pyramids, gauge railroads, reign, reap, dine,
875   And dust the flaunty carpets of the world
For kings to walk on, or our senators,
The poet suddenly will catch them up
With his voice like a thunder. . 'This is soul,
This is life, this word is being said in heaven,
880   Here's God down on us! what are you about?'
How all those workers start amid their work,
Look round, look up, and feel, a moment's space,
That carpet-dusting, though a pretty trade,
Is not the imperative labour after all.





Erstdruck und Druckvorlage

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: Aurora Leigh.
London: Chapman and Hall 1857.

Unser Auszug: S. 31-32.

Die Textwiedergabe erfolgt nach dem ersten Druck (Editionsrichtlinien).

URL: https://archive.org/details/auroraleigh00browrich
PURL: https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc2.ark:/13960/t08w3np06



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