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 around the shore.

      You have been mine before,—
        How long ago I may not know:

  • The BlessÈd damozel 1 leaned out
      From the gold bar of Heaven;
    Her eyes were deeper than the depth
      Of waters stilled at even,
    She had three lilies in her hand,
      And the stars in her hair were seven.

    Her robe, ungirt from clasp to hem,...

  • Consider the sea’s listless chime:
      Time’s self it is, made audible—
      The murmur of the earth’s own shell.
    Secret continuance sublime
      Is the sea’s end: our sight may pass
      No furlong further. Since time was,
    This sound hath told the lapse of...

  • The Wind flapped loose, the wind was still,
    Shaken out dead from tree and hill:
    I had walked on at the wind’s will,—
    I sat now, for the wind was still.

    Between my knees my forehead was,—
    My lips, drawn in, said not Alas!
    My hair was over in the...

  • Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been;
      I am also called No-more, Too-late, Farewell;
      Unto thine ear I hold the dead-sea shell
    Cast up thy Life’s foam-fretted feet between;
    Unto thine eyes the glass where that is seen
      Which had Life’s form and...

  • From “The House of Life”
    WHEN do I see thee most, belovèd one?
    When in the light the spirits of mine eyes
    Before thy face, their altar, solemnize
    The worship of that Love through thee made known?
    Or when, in the dusk hours (we two alone),

  • Two separate divided silences,
    Which, brought together, would find loving voice;
    Two glances which together would rejoice
    In love, now lost like stars beyond dark trees;
    Two hands apart whose touch alone gives ease;
    Two bosoms which, heart-shrined with mutual...

  • At length their long kiss severed, with sweet smart:
    And as the last slow sudden drops are shed
    From sparkling eaves when all the storm has fled,
    So singly flagged the pulses of each heart.
    Their bosoms sundered, with the opening start
    Of married flowers to...

  • 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 scatter and amass.
    All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
    ...Are golden kingcup-...

  • What of her glass without her? The blank grey
    There where the pool is blind of the moon’s face.
    Her dress without her? The tossed empty space
    Of cloud-rack whence the moon has passed away.
    Her paths without her? Day’s appointed sway
    Usurped by desolate night. Her...