Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature N (Delaware Museum, proof for cancel leaf)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of publication: 1881 August 3
Publisher: F. S. Ellis
Printer: Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co.
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Manuscript Addition: 5d
Editorial Description: Printer's proof number added in upper left.
Manuscript Addition: Cancel Send copy to Mr Rossetti
Editorial Description: Printer's note at top of the page
- I stood where Love in brimming armfuls bore
- Slight wanton flowers and foolish toys of fruit:
- And round him ladies thronged in warm pursuit,
- Fingered and lipped and proffered the strange store.
- And from one hand the petal and the core
- Savoured of sleep; and cluster and curled shoot
- Seemed from another hand like shame's salute,—
- Gifts that I felt my cheek was blushing for.
- At last Love bade my Lady give the same:
10 And as I looked, the dew was light thereon;
- And as I took them, at her touch they shone
- With inmost heaven-hue of the heart of flame.
- And then Love said: “Lo! when the hand is hers,
- Follies of love are love's true ministers.”
- Even as a child, of sorrow that we give
- The dead, but little in his heart can find,
- Since without need of thought to his clear mind
- Their turn it is to die and his to live:—
- Even so the winged New Love smiles to receive
- Along his eddying
plumes the auroral wind,
- Nor, forward glorying, casts one look behind
- Where night-rack shrouds the Old Love fugitive.
- There is a change in every hour's recall,
10 And the last cowslip in the fields we see
- On the same day with the first corn-poppy.
- Alas for hourly change! Alas for all
- The loves that from his hand proud Youth lets fall,
- Even as the beads of a told rosary!
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