Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Lady mine, the hour is here (draft manuscript)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848?
Type of Manuscript: holograph draft
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- Lady mine, the hour is here;
- The look in thine eyes is kind & dear
- And still above thy forehead clear
- The glossy locks are long,
- Seize the time then, seize the day,
- Who would be wise that could be gay,
- 'Tis well that our youth should pass away
- With laugh & dance & song.
- A little space & the hour is sped
10And very cold is the scanty bed
- At the foot whereof & at the head
- The grave-grass waketh high.
- But now thy thoughts are young & new
- And in thy bed there is room for two
- And on thy lip is the honey-dew
- And this laughter in thine eye.
- To the light then let the vintage leap,
- Let the kiss be long, let the draught be deep
- We're deep down & are asleep
20Forgetting & forgot:
- And the royal sunbeams flaunt between
- Where the springtime never comes, I ween,
- & the summer time is not.
- Seize the time then, seize the day:
- With dance & laugh & love's sweet play
- 'Tis well that our youth sh
d. pass away
- For very short is the present day
- And the coming night is long.
Manuscript Addition: By Gabriel / early
Editorial Description: WMR's pencil note at lower left
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Published with the permission of Iziko Museums of Cape Town