Love-Lily

By Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828–1882
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 gazing eyes,
      Who laughs and murmurs in mine ear,
At whose least touch my colour flies,
      And whom my life grows faint to hear.

Within the voice, within the heart,
      Within the mind of Love-Lily,
A spirit is born who lifts apart
      His tremulous wings and looks at me;
Who on my mouth his finger lays,
      And shows, while whispering lutes confer,
That Eden of Love's watered ways
      Whose winds and spirits worship her.

Brows, hands, and lips, heart, mind, and voice,
      Kisses and words of Love-Lily,—
Oh! bid me with your joy rejoice
      Till riotous longing rest in me!
Ah! let not hope be still distraught,
      But find in her its gracious goal,
Whose speech Truth knows not from her thought
      Nor Love her body from her soul.

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Poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828–1882

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

Poetic Terms Alliteration, Allusion, Rhymed Stanza

 Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born 12 May 1828 in London, the second child and eldest son of Italian expatriates. His father, Gabriele Rossetti, was a Dante scholar, who had been exiled from Naples for writing poetry in support of the Neapolitan Constitution of 1819. Rossetti’s mother had trained as a governess and supervised her children's early education. Few Victorian families were as gifted as the Rossettis: the oldest child, . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Romantic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Poetic Terms Alliteration, Allusion, Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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