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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning – 3 January 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, born 6 March 1806, was considered England’s greatest woman poet by many critics. Her husband was Robert Browning, one of the most famous poets of the time. They lived in Florence Italy until her death, 29 June 1861.

I found the following poem in a book published in 1926:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
(1806 – 1861)

The poet hath the child’s sight in his breast,
And sees all new. What oftenest he has viewed,
He views with the first glory. Fair and good
Pall never on him, at the fairest, best,
But stand before him holy and undressed
In week-day false conventions, such as would
Drag other men down from the altitude
Of primal types, too early dispossessed.
Why, God would tire of all his heavens, as soon
As thou, O godlike, childlike poet, didst,
Of daily and nightly sights of sun and moon!
And therefore hath he set thee in the midst,
Where men may hear thy wonder’s ceaseless tune,
And praise his world forever, as thou bidst.

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