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Robert Browning (1812-1889)

        from Pippa Passes

    The year's at the spring
    And day's at the morn;
    Morning's at seven;
    The hillside's dew-pearled;
    The lark's on the wing;
    The snail's on the thorn:
    God's in His heaven—
    All's right with the world!


The above poem appears in the middle of Part I of the play Pippa Passes. The stage direction preceding it is "[From without is heard the voice of PIPPA singing—". The direction immediately following is "[PIPPA passes." Because of this the poem is found in some anthologies under Pippa Passes or Pippa's Song. Michael Macrone points out the irony of the young girl Pippa's choice of lyrics in his book Brush Up Your Poetry!.

The entire play can be found in:

  • Browning, Robert. Pippa Passes and Shorter Poems. Joseph E. Baker, ed. New York: The Odyssey Press, 1947.

    The above excerpt can be found, for example, in:

  • Macrone, Michael, ed. Brush Up Your Poetry!. New York: Cader Book, 1996.