Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Best Thing in the World (c. 1855)

 

What’s the best thing in the world?

 

June-rose, by May-dew impearled;

 

Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;

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Truth, not cruel to a friend;

 

Pleasure, not in haste to end;

 

Beauty, not self-decked and curled

 

Till its pride is over-plain;

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Love, when, so, you’re loved again.

 

What’s the best thing in the world?

 

—Something out of it, I think.