SONG FROM 'PARACELSUS'
by: Robert Browning (1812-1889)
POEMS BY ROBERT BROWNING
cassia, sandal-buds and stripes
- Of labdanum, and aloe-balls,
- Smear'd with dull nard an Indian wipes
- From out her hair: such balsam falls
- Down sea-side mountain pedestals,
- From tree-tops where tired winds are fain,
- Spent with the vast and howling main,
- To treasure half their island-gain.
- And strew faint sweetness from some old
- Egyptian's fine worm-eaten shroud
- Which breaks to dust when once unroll'd;
- Or shredded perfume, like a cloud
- From closet long to quiet vow'd
- With moth'd and dropping arras hung,
- Mouldering her lute and books among,
- As when a queen, long dead, was young.