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Document Title: Mid-Rapture (fair copy, Boston Public Library Manuscript)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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Between Kisses.

  • O lovely, loving, & beloved love;
  • Whose kiss seems still the first; whose summoning eyes,
  • Even now, as for our love-world's new sunrise,
  • Shed very dawn; whose voice, attuned above
  • All modulation of the deep-bowered dove,
  • Is like a hand laid softly on the soul;
  • Whose hand is like a sweet voice to control
  • Those worn tired brows it hath the keeping of:—
  • What word can answer to thy word,—what gaze
  • 10 To thine, which thus absorbs within its sphere
  • My worshipping face, till I am mirrored there,
  • Grey-circled in a heaven of deep-drawn rays?
  • What clasp, what kiss mine inmost heart can prove,
  • O lovely, loving, and beloved love?

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