Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Best Thing in the World

The Best Thing in the World

What’s the best thing in the world?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, 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.

by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Valentines and chocolates.
Flowers and foot rubs.
A day devoted to love.
Such a good idea.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!


  1. Very nice for valentines,
    Elizabeth Barrett Browing.
    So romantic..
    May I wish you love. ;)

  2. What a beautiful poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Hope your Valentine's Day is filled with love and poetry!
    xx Sunday

  3. Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem..you always make me take a pause with your lovely blog.
    Colette x

  4. Happy Valentines Pamela! I love the Browning poem!

    Art by Karena

  5. Beautiful Browning poem, perfect! Thank you! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweetie, and also to the delightful Edward!

  6. I'm glad I paused here to re-read that beautiful poem...a friendly hug across the miles to you and Edward...

  7. *sigh*
    Lovely poem, lovely Valentine's treats.
    Happy Valentine's Day to you and your sweetie too.

  8. Dear Pamela,
    Wishing you and The Songwriter a beautiful Valentine's Day filled with love and many boxes of chocolates !! XXXX

  9. Nice...wishing you a wonderful day..:))

  10. Something out of it. Wise words from Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Today I think I'll take the longer journey home and stop off to buy some delicious cupcakes. Mum has her favourite chocolates, and the cats have their favourite supper tonight. As for me - cupcakes, music, candles, writing. That sounds magical.

  11. Foot rubs! Beat roses and chocolates anyday!

  12. And may the dogs have some sweet treats, too!

  13. Enjoy all of it! Love is beautiful!
    Happy V~Day!

  14. You got it so right today Pamela, as always.

    One more to add to your list...

    Champagne, preferably, Belle Epoque Perrier Jouet 2004

    Wish you could join me! :)

    Happy Valentine's Day to you, Edward, Apple and the Songwriter xx


  15. The poem is so sweet. Have a lovely day filled with all that is "out of the world"...including kisses from Edward & Apple!
    xo J~

  16. I love this and the line "Memory that gives no pain" is so poignant and true :)

  17. You have such perfect poetry for us, always, Pamela!

  18. Hope your day was LOVEly Pamela!

    Rushing to pack the final bits and bobs for Hawaii - leaving early in the morning!

    Happy week dear.
    Hugs - Mary


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