Phoebe Anna Traquair

‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’

List of sonnets


These links take you to the digitised manuscript pages. Please note that the transcriptions are of Phoebe Anna Traquair's text, and not the definitive version of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's sonnets.

 Title page
Sonnet 1I thought once how Theocritus had sung
Sonnet 2But only three in all God's universe
Sonnet 3Unlike are we, O princely Heart
Sonnet 4Thou hast thy calling to some palace-floor
Sonnet 5I lift my heavy heart up solemnly
Sonnet 6Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand
Sonnet 7The face of all the world is changed, I think
Sonnet 8What can I give thee back, O liberal
Sonnet 9Can it be right to give what I can give
Sonnet 10Yet, Love, mere Love, is beautiful indeed
Sonnet 11And therefore if to love can be desert
Sonnet 12Indeed this very love which is my boast
Sonnet 13And wilt thou have me fashion into speech
Sonnet 14If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Sonnet 15Accuse me not, beseech thee, that I wear
Sonnet 16And yet, because thou overcomest so
Sonnet 17My poet, thou canst touch on all the notes
Sonnet 18I never gave a lock of hair away
Sonnet 19The soul's Rialto hath its merchandise
Sonnet 20BELOVED, my BELOVED, when I think
Sonnet 21Say over again, and yet once over again
Sonnet 22When our two souls stand up erect and strong
Sonnet 23Is it indeed so? If I lay here dead
Sonnet 24Let the world's sharpness, like a clasping knife
Sonnet 25A heavy heart, Belovëd, have I borne
Sonnet 26I Lived with visions for my company
Sonnet 27My own Beloved, who hast lifted me
Sonnet 28My letters! all dead paper, mute and white
Sonnet 29I think of thee – my thoughts do twine and bud
Sonnet 30I see thine image through my tears tonight
Sonnet 31Thou comest! all is said without a word
Sonnet 32The first time that the son rose on thine oath
Sonnet 33Yes call me by my pet name! let me hear
Sonnet 34With the same heart, I said, I'll answer thee
Sonnet 35If I leave all for thee, wilt thou exchange
Sonnet 36When we met first and loved I did not build
Sonnet 37Pardon, oh pardon, that my soul should make
Sonnet 38First time he kissed me, he but only kissed
Sonnet 39Because thou hast the power and own'st the grace
Sonnet 40Oh, yes! they love through all this world of ours
Sonnet 41I thank all who have loved me in their hearts
Sonnet 42My future will not copy fair my past
Sonnet 43How do I love thee? Let me count the ways
Sonnet 44Belovëd thou hast brought me many flowers
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Illustration based on the painting of Phoebe Anna Traquair