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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Данте Габриэль Россетти)


Beauty and the Bird


SHE fluted with her mouth as when one sips,
And gently waved her golden head, inclin'd
Outside his cage close to the window-blind;
Till her fond bird, with little turns and dips,
Piped low to her of sweet companionships.
And when he made an end, some seed took she
And fed him from her tongue, which rosily
Peeped as a piercing bud between her lips.
And like the child in Chaucer, on whose tongue
The Blessed Mary laid, when he was dead,
A grain,—who straightway praised her name in song:
Even so, when she, a little lightly red,
Now turned on me and laughed, I heard the throng
Of inner voices praise her golden head. 



Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 29. The Moonstar
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 36. Life-in-Love
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 48. Death-in-Love
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 84. Farewell to the Glen
  5. The House of Life. Sonnet 6a. Nuptial Sleep


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