Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Love-Lily (fair copy, Princeton/Troxell collection)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869
Type of Manuscript: fair copy with one small correction
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- Between the brows, between the lips,
- Between the hands of Love-Lily,
- A spirit is born who ever clips
- My blood with fire & calls to me;
- Who breathes upon me gazing eyes,
- Who laughs & murmurs in mine ear,
- At whose least touch my colour flies,
- And whom my
life grows faint to
- Within the voice, within the heart,
10 Within the soul of Love-Lily,
- A spirit is born who lifts apart
- His tremulous wings & looks at me;
- Who on my mouth his finger lays,
- And shows, while whispering lutes confer,
- That Eden of Love's watered ways
- Whose winds & spirits worship her.
- Brows, hands, & lips, heart, soul, & voice,
- Kisses and words of Love-Lily,—
- Oh! bid me with your joy rejoice
20 Till riotous longing rest in me.
- Ah! let not hope be still distraught,
- But find in her its gracious goal,
- Whose speech Love knows not from her thought
- Nor God her body from her soul.
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