If the Brownings Tweeted

Welcome to Amazing Words Wednesday, the day we enter the labyrinth of language. It’s too bad that some of our favorite authors and statesmen of the past did not have access to Twitter. I have previously looked at what tweets we might have read from Plato, Winston Churchill, Leonardo Da Vinci, Ernest Hemingway, and Mark Twain.

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I wanted to know what Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning might have tweeted. Elizabeth and Robert exchanged 574 letters over the course of 22 months, and their expressions of love in these letters and their poems have become some of the most beloved words regarding romance.

Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and Robert Browning
Portraits by Thomas Buchanan Read, 1853 – Wikimedia Commons

You might want to use some of their words to impress your sweetheart tomorrow and beyond. Without further ado, here are 20 quotes from the Brownings, in 140 characters or less:

  1. O Lyric Love, half-angel and half-bird, and all a wonder and a wild desire. – Robert
  2. I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. – Elizabeth
  3. Take away love and our earth is a tomb. – Robert 
  4. Who so loves believes the impossible. – Elizabeth
  5. Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. – Robert 
  6. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. – Elizabeth
  7. Love is the energy of life. – Robert 
  8. What I do and what I dream include thee, as the wine must taste of its own grapes. – Elizabeth
  9. So, fall asleep love, loved by me. – Robert
  10. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. – Elizabeth 
  11. What of soul was left, I wonder, when the kissing had to stop? – Robert
  12. First time he kissed me, he but only kissed the finger of this hand wherewith I write. – Elizabeth
  13. You should not take a fellow eight years old and make him swear to never kiss the girls. – Robert
  14. What’s the best thing in the world? . . . Love, when, so, you’re loved again. – Elizabeth
  15. I was made and meant to look for you and wait for you and become yours forever. – Robert
  16. Thou comest! all is said without a word. – Elizabeth
  17. I am yours just as much as those flowers; and you may pluck flowers to pieces or put them in your breast. – Robert

  18. But love me for love’s sake, that evermore thou may’st love on, through love’s eternity. – Elizabeth
  19. How will the love my heart is full of for you, let me be silent? – Robert
  20. I love you wholly and forever–how shall the charm ever break? – Robert

What are some of your favorites from the above? Have you ever written or received a love letter or poem for your sweetheart? What line or lines can you share?

Sources: Brainy Quote; Goodreads; Baylor University-The Browning Letters; Poetry Foundation; Bartleby.com; SparkNotes; AllPoetry.com

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13 thoughts on “If the Brownings Tweeted

  1. I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death. – Elizabeth
    Take away love and our earth is a tomb. – Robert
    Who so loves believes the impossible. – Elizabeth
    Grow old with me! The best is yet to be. –
    VERY cool, Julie. I recognize a few but didn’t know this couple were the authors.
    Patti

    1. I’m at the point now of adoring “Grow old…” Maybe because I can actually see it happening now that I’m well into my 40’s. Great thing to tell your mate, right? Thanks, Patti.

  2. Two and five are my favorites. You just gave me a wonderful idea for Valentine’s Day. My husband and I won’t be able to celebrate in person, but I’m going to dig out our old love letters (he graduated a year before me in college, and we exchanged dozens of letters during those months) and read one of my favorites to/from him over the phone. 🙂

  3. Three and fifteen are my favorites. As I’ve said before I love your Amazing Word Wednesdays.. Keep it up.: )

    1. I think that “I was made to wait…” line is from one of Robert’s letters to Elizabeth. I can’t even fathom 500+ letters back and forth like that. Thanks, Donna.

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