Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Youth and Lordship (Boston Public Library corrected copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1879-1880
Type of Manuscript: fair copy with corrections

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Youth and Lordship

  • My young lord's the lover
  • Of earth and sky above,
  • Of youth's sway & youth's play,
  • Of songs and flowers & love.
  • Yet for love's desire
  • Green youth lacks the daring;
  • Though one dream of fire,
  • All his hours ensnaring,
  • Burns the boy past bearing,—
  • 10A girl to his desire.
  • My young lord's the lover
  • Of every burning thought
  • That Love's skill will, that Love's w skill
  • Within his breast has wrought.
  • Lovely girl, look on him
  • Soft as music's measure;
  • Yield him, when you've won him,
  • Joys and toys at pleasure;
  • But to win your treasure,
  • 20 Softly look upon him.
  • My young lord's the lover
  • Of every tender grace
  • That woman, to woo man,
  • Can wear in form or face.
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  • Take him to your bosom
  • Now, girl, or never;
  • Let not your new blossom
  • Of sweet kisses sever;
  • Only guard for ever
  • 30 Your boast within your bosom.
  • My young lord's the lover
  • Of every secret thing,
  • Love-hidden, love-bidden
  • This day to banqueting.
  • Lovely girl, with vaunting
  • Never tempt tomorrow:
  • From all shapes enchanting
  • Any joy can borrow,
  • Still the spectre Sorrow
  • 40 Rises up for haunting.
  • And now my lord's the lover
  • Of ah! so many a sweet,—
  • Of roses, of spouses,
  • As many as love may greet.

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