Ian Jack and Robert Inglesfield (eds), The Poetical Works of Robert Browning, Vol. 5: Men and Women
THE PATRIOT.an old story.
- 1It was roses, roses, all the way,
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus2 With myrtle mixed in my path like mad:
- 3The house-roofs seemed to heave and sway,
- 4 The church-spires flamed, such flags they had,
- Critical Apparatus5A year ago on this very day.
- pg 191Editor’s Note6The air broke into a mist with bells,
- Critical Apparatus7 The old walls rocked with the crowd and cries.
- Critical Apparatus8Had I said, "Good folk, mere noise repels—
- 9 "But give me your sun from yonder skies!"
- 10They had answered, "And afterward, what else?"
- 11Alack, it was I who leaped at the sun
- Critical Apparatus12 To give it my loving friends to keep!
- Critical Apparatus13Nought man could do, have I left undone:
- 14 And you see my harvest, what I reap
- 15This very day, now a year is run.
- 16There's nobody on the house-tops now—
- Critical Apparatus17 Just a palsied few at the windows set;
- 18For the best of the sight is, all allow,
- Editor’s Note19 At the Shambles' Gate—or, better yet,
- 20By the very scaffold's foot, I trow.
- 21I go in the rain, and, more than needs,
- Critical Apparatus22 A rope cuts both my wrists behind;
- 23And I think, by the feel, my forehead bleeds,
- 24 For they fling, whoever has a mind,
- 25Stones at me for my year's misdeeds.
- pg 192Critical Apparatus26Thus I entered, and thus I go!
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus27 In triumphs, people have dropped down dead.
- Critical Apparatus28"Paid by the world, what dost thou owe
- Critical Apparatus29 "Me?"—God might question; now instead,
- Editor’s NoteCritical Apparatus30'T is God shall repay: I am safer so.
2 1855P mad, 1855, 1856 mad.
2 myrtle: myrtle is sacred to Venus, an emblem of love.
5 1855P–65S day!
6 broke into a mist: as it seemed to him, as he rode in triumph.
7 1855P–56 the crowds and 1855P cries:
8 1855P "Good folks mere 1855, 1856 "Good folks, mere
12 1855 keep: 1855, 1856 keep.
13 1855 P do, surely, I 1855P, 1856 undone, 1855 undone
17 1855P Save the palsied
19 at the Shambles' Gate: Johnson defines shambles as 'the place where butchers kill or sell their meat'.
22 1855P–56 behind,
26 1855P So I entered this Brescia and quit it so! 1835, 1856 entered Brescia, and
27 1855P In such triumphs some people . . . . dead: 1855, 1856 In such triumphs,
27 triumphs: triumphal processions.
28 1855P–56 "Thou, paid
29 1855P Me!"— . . . . might have questioned—but now, 1855, 1856 might have questioned: but now
30 1855P It is God who requites: I 1855, 1856 shall requite! I 1863–65S repay!
30 God shall repay: Rom. 12: 19; cf. Luke 10: 35.