Why does the speaker say “I am safer so” in the last line of Robert Browning’s poem ‘The Patriot’?
The last three lines of the poem reflects Browning’s stout religious belief quite similar to what was expressed towards the end of The Last Ride Together. He believes that one should not get all success and enjoyment in the earthly world. That is how he can get that in the heaven after death.
“Paid by the world, what dost thou owe
Me?”—God might question; now instead,
’Tis God shall repay: I am safer so
The patriot here says that if he gets everything in this world, God would ask him, “You have been paid by the world. Now what more do you want from me?” But, as he has not got recognition for what all he has done in this world and as people have misunderstood his deeds and punished him, God will repay him in the heaven after his death. So, he feels safer now to surely go to heaven and win God’s grace there.