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
Scribe: DGR

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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's Last Gift.

  • 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.”
Electronic Archive Edition:
Source File: 28-1871.delms.rad.xml