Deaf and Dumb (Browning)

Deaf and Dumb  (1868) 
by Robert Browning

               A Group By Woolner

Only the prism's obstruction shows aright
The secret of a sunbeam, breaks its light
Into the jewelled bow from blankest white;
     So may a glory from defect arise:
Only by Deafness may the vexed Love wreak
Its insuppressive sense on brow and cheek,
Only by Dumbness adequately speak
     As favoured mouth could never, through the eyes.