Robert Browning to Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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. You asked me yesterday "if I should repent?" Yes, my own Ba, I could with all the past were to do over again, that in it I might somewhat more, never so little more, conform in the outward homage, to the inward feeling, What I have professed, (for I have performed nothing) seems to fall short of what my first love required even, and when I think of this moment's love...I could repent, as I say. Words can never tell you, however, form them, transform them anyway, 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, 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 (under the proper feeling which ascribes pride to the right source) all pride that my life has been so crowned by you. God bless you prays your very own R.
To Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
would I, if I could, supplant one of any of the affections that I know to have taken root in you - that great and
solemn one, for instance.
I feel that if I could get myself remade,as if turned to gold,
I WOULD not even then desire to become more than the mere setting to that diamond you must always wear.
The regard and esteem you now give me, in this letter,and which I press to my heart and bow my head upon, is all
I can take and all too embarrassing, using all my gratitude.