Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Love's Last Gift (Delaware early fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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Manuscript Addition: (House of Life)
Editorial Description: Notation in upper right corner, not in DGR's hand, identifying the sonnet
- Love held to me a glistening laurel-leaf,
- And said: “The rose-tree & the apple-tree
- Have fruits to vaunt & flowers to lure the bee;
- And golden shafts are in the feathered sheaf
- Of the great harvest-marshal, the year's chief,
- Victorious Summer; yea, & 'neath warm sea
- Strange secret grasses lurk inviolably
- Between the filtering channels of sunk reef.
- All are my blooms; and all sweet blooms of love
10To thee I gave while Spring and Summer sang;
- But Autumn stops & listens, with some pang
- From those worse things the wind is moaning of.
- Only this laurel dreads no winter days;
- It is my last gift, brother; sing my praise.”
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