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Document Title: After the French Liberation of Italy (Princeton Library proof copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Scribe: William Sharp

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After the French Liberation of Italy
  • As when the last of the paid joys of love
  • Has come and gone; and 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!
D.G.R. 1859
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