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