Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: First Fire (fair copy, British Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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Note: DGR originally wrote lightenings in line 12; that cancelled reading follows the earlier, Troxell manuscript.
First Fire.
  • This hour be her sweet body all my song.
  • Now the same heart-beat blends her gaze with mine,—
  • One parted fire, Love's silent countersign:
  • Her arms lie open, throbbing with their throng
  • Of confluent pulses, bare and fair and strong:
  • And her deep-freighted lips expect me now,
  • Amid the clustering hair that shrines her brow
  • Five kisses broad, her neck ten kisses long.
  • Lo, Love! thy heaven of Beauty; where a sun
  • 10 Thou shin'st; and art a white-winged moon to press
  • By hidden paths to every hushed recess;
  • Yea, and with sinuous light enings here anon
  • Of passionate change, an instant seen and gone,
  • Shalt light the tumult of this loveliness.

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