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  "At times I almost dream
I too have spent a life the sages' way,
And tread once more familiar paths. Perchance
I perished in an arrogant self-reliance
Ages ago; and in that act a prayer
For one more chance went up so earnest, so
Instinct with better light let in by death,
That life was blotted out -- not so completely
But scattered wrecks enough of it remain,
Dim memories, as now, when once more seems
The goal in sight again."

Robert Browning 

Robert Browning was born on May 7, 1812 in Camberwell, which is south of London.
His birthday falls within a couple of months of the births of Dickens and Thackeray.
He was the eldest of 2 children, born to Robert and Sarah Anna Browning.
His father was a bank clerk.

He attended London University for a short while in 1828, but received most of his education
by readinghis from his father's library.

His first poem, Pauline, was published when he was 21. It was soon followed
by Paracelsus (1835) and Sordello (1840). A year later, Pippa Passes, the first in a series
entitled Bells and Pomegranates was published; the remaining seven parts appeared between 1841-46.

In 1846, Browning eloped with Elizabeth Barrett and lived with her in Italy until his death in 1861.
Various difficulties made the poet's requested burial in Florence impossible, and his body was returned
to England to be interred in Westminster Abbey.

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