Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: After the French Liberation of Italy (William Sharp fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1881 (circa)
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Scribe: William Sharp
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- As When the last of the paid joys of love
- Has come & gone; & with a single kiss
- At length, and with one laugh of satiate bliss,
- The wearied man a minute rests above
- The wearied woman, no more urged to move
- In those long throes of longing; till they glide,
- Now lightlier clasped, each to the other's side,
- In joys past acting, not past dreaming of: —
- So Europe now beneath this paramour
10Lies for a little out of use, —full oft
- Submissive to his lust, a loveless whore.
- He wakes, she sleeps, the breath falls slow & soft.
- Wait: the bought body holds a birth within,
- An harlot's child, to scourge her for her sin.
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