So, I've been trying to read "The Autumn" by Elizabeth Barret Browning. There, I stumbled over the following verse:
Come autumn's scathe — come winter's cold —
Come change — and human fate!
Whatever prospect Heaven doth bound,
Can ne'er be desolate.
I wonder what the word "come" stands for in this sentence. Should it be understood as "Let autumn's scathe come!", or "Autumn's scathe will come", or "Even when autumn's scathe comes...", or "Even though autumn's scathe will come..."?
Also, am I getting it right that the second sentence means "Whatever prospect Heaven does bound, it [prospect] can never be desolate"? If I am, why is the verb "bind" in its past tense form, while "doth" ("does") stands in present? Why is it not "does bind"? I guess that archaic verb forms might differ from what we have now, but I would really like to know the reasoning behind it.
Thank you in advance.