Read by Melba Sibrel
Of all female poets in the 19th century, none was more admired for the independence and courage of her views than Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
'Patience Taught By Nature' was written by Browning as a reminder to readers that there is a whole world beyond one's own that is uninfluenced by the dreary, everyday problems of human life.
“O Dreary life!” we cry, “O dreary life!”
And still the generations of the birds
Sing through our sighing, and the flocks and herds
Serenely live while we are keeping strife
With Heaven’s true purpose in us, as a knife
Against which we may struggle. Ocean girds
Unslackened the dry land: savannah-swards
Unweary sweep: hills watch, unworn; and rife
Meek leaves drop yearly from the forest-trees,
To show, above, the unwasted stars that pass
In their old glory. O thou God of old!
Grant me some smaller grace than comes to these;—
But so much patience, as a blade of grass
Grows by contented through the heat and cold.