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
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Note: DGR originally wrote lightenings in line 12; that cancelled reading follows the earlier, Troxell manuscript.
- 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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