Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD
WHAT'S the best thing in the world ?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Light, that never makes you wink;
Memory, that gives no pain;
Love, when, so, you're loved again.
What's the best thing in the world ?
Something out of it, I think.