Dante Gabriel Rossetti
St. Wagner’s Eve by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

St. Wagner’s Eve by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

THE hop—shop is shut up: the night doth wear. Here, early, Collinson this evening fell “Into the gulfs of sleep”; and Deverell Has turned upon the pivot of his chair The whole ...

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Autumn Song by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Autumn Song by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf How the heart feels a languid grief Laid on it for a covering, And how sleep seems a goodly thing In Autumn at the fall of the leaf? ...

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Rose Mary by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rose Mary by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Of her two fights with the Beryl-stone Lost the first, but the second won. PART I “MARY mine that art Mary's Rose Come in to me from the garden-close. The sun sinks fast ...

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Sonnet Xxxix: Sleepless Dreams by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sonnet Xxxix: Sleepless Dreams by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Girt in dark growths, yet glimmering with one star, O night desirous as the nights of youth! Why should my heart within thy spell, forsooth, Now beat, as the bride's ...

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The Bride’s Prelude by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Bride’s Prelude by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

“Sister,” said busy Amelotte To listless Aloÿse; “Along your wedding-road the wheat Bends as to hear your horse's feet, And the noonday stands still for heat.” Amelotte ...

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The Blessed Damozel by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Blessed Damozel by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The blessed damozel lean'd out From the gold bar of Heaven; Her eyes were deeper than the depth Of waters still'd at even; She had three lilies in her ...

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Broken Music by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Broken Music by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The mother will not turn, who thinks she hearsHer nursling's speech first grow articulate;But breathless with averted eyes elateShe sits, with open lips and open ears,That it may ...

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Dream-Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dream-Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Young Love lies sleepingIn May-time of the year,Among the lilies,Lapped in the tender light:White lambs come grazing,White doves come building there:And round about himThe ...

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Silent Noon by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Silent Noon by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass, -- The finger-points look through like rosy blooms: Your eyes smile peace. The pasture gleams and glooms 'Neath billowing skies that ...

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Love-Lily by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Love-Lily by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Between the hands, between the brows, Between the lips of Love-Lily, A spirit is born whose birth endows My blood with fire to burn through me; Who breathes upon my ...

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A Little While by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A Little While by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A little while a little love The hour yet bears for thee and me Who have not drawn the veil to see If still our heaven be lit above. Thou merely, at the day's last sigh, Hast felt ...

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From The House Of Life The Sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

From The House Of Life The Sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A Sonnet is a moment's monument, Memorial from the Soul's eternity To one dead deathless hour. Look that it be, Whether for lustral rite or dire portent, Of ...

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A Match With The Moon by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A Match With The Moon by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

WEARY already, weary miles to-nightI walked for bed: and so, to get some ease,I dogged the flying moon with similes.And like a wisp she doubled on my sightIn ponds; and caught in ...

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Lost On Both Sides by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Lost On Both Sides by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

As when two men have loved a woman well, Each hating each, through Love's and Death's deceit; Since not for either this stark marriage-sheetAnd the long pauses of this wedding ...

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Soul’s Beauty by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Soul’s Beauty by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Under the arch of Life, where love and death,Terror and mystery, guard her shrine, I sawBeauty enthroned; and though her gaze struck awe,I drew it in as simply as my breath.Hers ...

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A Bad Omen by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A Bad Omen by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

On the first day the priest Could find no heart in the beast, And two on the second day.

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Alas, So Long! by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Alas, So Long! by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

AH! dear one, we were young so long,It seemed that youth would never go,For skies and trees were ever in songAnd water in singing flowIn the days we never again shall know.Alas, ...

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An Altar-Flame by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

An Altar-Flame by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

EVEN as when utter summer makes the grain Bow heavily along through the whole land It seems to me whatever while I stand Where thou art standing; and upon my brain Thy presence ...

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A Sea-Spell by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A Sea-Spell by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

(For one of his own pictures)Her lute hangs shadowed in the apple-tree,While flashing fingers weave the sweet-strung spellBetween its chords; and as the wild notes swell,The ...

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Love’s Nocturne by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Love’s Nocturne by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Master of the murmuring courtsWhere the shapes of sleep convene!--Lo! my spirit here exhortsAll the powers of thy demesneFor their aid to woo my queen.What reportsYield thy ...

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Genius In Beauty by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Genius In Beauty by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Beauty like hers is genius. Not the call Of Homer's or of Dante's heart sublime, -- Not Michael's hand furrowing the zones of time, -- Is more with compassed mysteries musical; ...

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The Gloom That Breathes Upon Me With These Airs by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Gloom That Breathes Upon Me With These Airs by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The gloom that breathes upon me with these airs Is like the drops which stike the traveller's brow Who knows not, darkling, if they bring him now Fresh storm, or be old rain the ...

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A Foretaste by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A Foretaste by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

AT length the then of my long hope was now; Yet had my spirit an extreme unrest: I knew the good from better was grown best At length, but could not just as yet tell how. So I lay ...

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Xxxvi Life-In-Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Xxxvi Life-In-Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Not in thy body is thy life at all But in this lady's lips and hands and eyes; Through these she yields thee life that vivifies What else were sorrow's servant ...

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Insomnia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Insomnia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Thin are the night-skirts left behind By daybreak hours that onward creep, And thin, alas! the shred of sleep That wavers with the spirit's wind: But in ...

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Sister Helen by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sister Helen by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

"Why did you melt your waxen man Sister Helen? To-day is the third since you began." "The time was long, yet the time ran, Little brother." ...

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Woodspurge by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Woodspurge by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The wind flapped loose, the wind was still,Shaken out dead from tree and hill:I had walk’d on at the wind’s will,—I sat now, for the wind was still.Between my knees my forehead ...

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Spring by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Spring by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Soft-littered is the new-year's lambing fold, And in the hollowed haystack at its side The shepherd lies o' night now, wakeful-eyed At the ewes' travailing call through the dark ...

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Sudden Light by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sudden Light by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

I have been here before, But when or how I cannot tell: I know the grass beyond the door, The sweet keen smell, The sighing sound, the lights ...

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A Death-Parting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A Death-Parting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

LEAVES and rain and the days of the year, (Water-willow and wellaway,) All these fall, and my soul gives ear, And she is hence who once was here. (With a wind blown night and ...

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The Sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A sonnet is a moment's monument, -- Memorial from the Soul's eternity To one dead deathless hour. Look that it be, Whether for lustral rite or dire portent, Of its own arduous ...

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Lxxi The Choice, I by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Lxxi The Choice, I by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Eat thou and drink; to-morrow thou shalt die. Surely the earth, that's wise being very old, Needs not our help. Then loose me, love, and hold Thy sultry hair ...

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Love’s Nocturn by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Love’s Nocturn by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Master of the murmuring courts Where the shapes of sleep convene!-- Lo! my spirit here exhorts All the powers of thy demesne For their aid to woo my queen. ...

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Lxvi The Heart Of The Night by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Lxvi The Heart Of The Night by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

From child to youth; from youth to arduous man; From lethargy to fever of the heart; From faithful life to dream-dower'd days apart; From trust to doubt; from ...

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Xli Through Death To Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Xli Through Death To Love by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Like labour-laden moonclouds faint to flee From winds that sweep the winter-bitten wold,-- Like multiform circumfluence manifold Of night's flood-tide,--like ...

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A New-Year’s Burden by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A New-Year’s Burden by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

ALONG the grass sweet airs are blownOur way this day in Spring.Of all the songs that we have knownNow which one shall we sing?Not that, my love, ah no!—Not this, my love? why, ...

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Lxxii The Choice, Ii by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Lxxii The Choice, Ii by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Watch thou and fear; to-morrow thou shalt die. Or art thou sure thou shalt have time for death? Is not the day which God's word promiseth To come man knows not ...

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An Epitaph For Keats by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

An Epitaph For Keats by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

THROUGH one, years since hanged and forgot Who stabbed backs by the Quarter, Here lieth one who—while Time's stream Runneth, as God hath taught her, Bearing man's fame to ...

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Adieu by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Adieu by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

WAVING whispering trees, What do you say to the breeze And what says the breeze to you? 'Mid passing souls ill at ease, Moving murmuring trees, Would ye ever wave an Adieu?Tossing ...

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Xxix Heart’s Heaven by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Xxix Heart’s Heaven by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sometimes she is a child within mine arms, Cowering beneath dark wings that love must chase,-- With still tears showering and averted face, Inexplicably fill'd ...

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Aspecta Medusa ( For A Drawing) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Aspecta Medusa ( For A Drawing) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Andromeda, by Perseus sav'd and wed, Hanker'd each day to see the Gorgon's head: Till o'er a fount he held it, bade her lean, And mirror'd in the wave was safely seen ...

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Song And Music by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Song And Music by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

O leave your hand where it lies cool Upon the eyes whose lids are hot: Its rosy shade is bountiful Of silence, and assuages thought. O lay your lips against your hand And let me ...

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Mary’s Girlhood (For A Picture) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Mary’s Girlhood (For A Picture) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

This is that blessed Mary, pre-elect God's Virgin. Gone is a great while, and she Dwelt young in Nazareth of Galilee. Unto God's will she brought devout respect, ...

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My Sister’s Sleep by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

My Sister’s Sleep by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

She fell asleep on Christmas Eve: At length the long-ungranted shade Of weary eyelids overweigh'd The pain nought else might yet relieve. Our mother, who ...

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Xcvii A Superscription by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Xcvii A Superscription by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been; I am also call'd No-more, Too-late, Farewell; Unto thine ear I hold the dead-sea shell Cast up thy Life's ...

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Almost Over by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Almost Over by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

YOU say I should not think upon her now: But then I have stood beside her listening, And watched her rose—breathed lips when she would sing: And I can scarcely yet imagine how I ...

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Sonnet Ix:  Passion And Worship by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sonnet Ix: Passion And Worship by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

One flame-winged brought a white-winged harp-playerEven where my lady and I lay all alone;Saying: “Behold, this minstrel is unknown;Bid him depart, for I am minstrel here:Only my ...

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Sonnet Iv:  Lovesight by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sonnet Iv: Lovesight by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

When do I see thee most, beloved one?When in the light the spirits of mine eyesBefore thy face, their altar, solemnizeThe worship of that Love through thee made known?Or when in ...

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Sonnet Lxxviii:   Body’s Beauty by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Sonnet Lxxviii: Body’s Beauty by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Of Adam's first wife, Lilith, it is told(The witch he loved before the gift of Eve,)That, ere the snake's, her sweet tongue could deceive,And her enchanted hair was the first ...

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Jenny by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Jenny by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Lazy laughing languid Jenny,Fond of a kiss and fond of a guinea,Whose head upon my knee to-nightRests for a while, as if grown lightWith all our dances and the soundTo which the ...

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