We loved love, and our love was never smirched
by anything less than the best.
So leaving the troubles and temptations of Irvine behind, he carried home a smirched
name to his father's house.
When viewed in the light of formal logic, there is not one thing of which to be ashamed; but nevertheless a shame rises within me at the recollection, and in the pride of my manhood I feel that my manhood has in unaccountable ways been smirched
The inner circle train from the City rushed impetuously out of a black hole and pulled up with a discordant, grinding racket in the smirched
twilight of a West-End station.
And she had destroyed herself, crushed by an insult that had appalled and amazed that childish soul, had smirched
that angel purity with unmerited disgrace and torn from her a last scream of despair, unheeded and brutally disregarded, on a dark night in the cold and wet while the wind howled.
39) Initially the Athenaeum praised the force and beauty of Browning's poem (if also remarking on its painful details), ranking it high among Browning's works, (40) but then John Addington Symonds condemned the work's "vulgarity" and resemblance to a penny dreadful,"' expressing repugnance for its echoes of The Ring and the Book: "Though these characters may be said to be something like Guido and Pompilia over again, what was perfect in Pompilia is smirched
and hardened to the exclusion of all sympathy here.