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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Данте Габриэль Россетти)


A Prayer


LADY, in thy proud eyes
There is a weary look,
As if the spirit we know through them
Were daunted with rebuke
To think that the heart of man henceforth
Is read like a read book.
Lady, in thy lifted face
The solitude is sore;
The true solitude follows the crowd.
Will it be less or more
When the words have been spoken to thee
Which my heart is seeking for?
Lady, canst thou not guess
The words which my thoughts seek?
Perhaps thou deem'st them well to spurn
And better not to speak.
Oh thou must know my love is strong,
Hearing my voice so weak.
Lady, ah go not thus:
Lady, give ear again:
Lady, oh learn from me that yet
There may one thing remain
Which stands not in the knowledge thou hast
And in thy lore of men.
Lady, the darkness lasteth long
Ere the dawn touch the skies;
Many are the leagues of wilderness
Till ye come where the green lies;
Nay often betwixt doubt and doubt
Death whispers and makes wise.
Lady, has not my thought
Dared much? For I would be
The ending of darkness and the dawn
Of a new day to thee,
And thine oasis, and thy place of rest,
And thy time of peace, lady. 



Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 39. Sleepless Dreams
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 99. Newborn Death - 1
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 87. Death's Songsters
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 3. Love's Testament
  5. The Staff and Scrip


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Anne Brontë (Энн Бронте) A Prayer ("My God (oh, let me call Thee mine")
  • Paul Dunbar (Пол Данбар) A Prayer ("O Lord, the hard-won miles")
  • Norman Gale (Норман Гейл) A Prayer ("TEND me my birds, and bring again")
  • James Joyce (Джеймс Джойс) A Prayer ("Again!") Paris, 1924
  • Amy Levy (Эми Леви) A Prayer ("Since that I may not have")
  • Edward Sill (Эдвард Силл) A Prayer ("O GOD, our Father, if we had but truth!")
  • Claude McKay (Клод Маккей) A Prayer ("’Mid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling")
  • John Stagg (Джон Стэгг) A Prayer ("Hail, mighty Father! God of all!")

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