The Best Thing in the World – A Poem

The Best Thing in the World was written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in the 2nd half of the 19th century.  Below you can hear different recordings of it and read along with the poem…

The Best Thing in the World 1st Recording

The Best Thing in the World 2nd Recording

The Best Thing in the World 3rd Recording

The Best Thing in the World
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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.

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2 Responses to “The Best Thing in the World – A Poem”

  1. Julie Says:

    This is not a comment, but a question. Has anyone ever heard of a book titled LAS AVENTURAS DE TIPITON. Its a wonderful book mostly written in poem form and the author is annonymous. I read it over and over when I was a kid and would like to get a hold of a copy. Thanks.

    This website rocks!!!

  2. Lisa Says:

    Julie – try here.

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