Quotation by Robert Browning

—E'en then would be some stooping; and I choose
Never to stoop. Oh sir, she smiled, no doubt,
Whene'er I passed her; but who passed without
Much the same smile? This grew; I gave commands;
Then all smiles stopped together. There she stands
As if alive.
Robert Browning (1812–1889), British poet. My Last Duchess (l. 42–47). . .

The Poems; Vol. 1 [Robert Browning]. John Pettigrew, ed. (1981) Penguin.
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