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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Данте Габриэль Россетти)


The House of Life. Sonnet 45. Secret Parting


Because our talk was of the cloud-control
And moon-track of the journeying face of Fate,
Her tremulous kisses faltered at love's gate
And her eyes dreamed against a distant goal:
But soon, remembering her how brief the whole
Of joy, which its own hours annihilate,
Her set gaze gathered, thirstier than of late,
And as she kissed, her mouth became her soul.

Thence in what ways we wandered, and how strove
To build with fire-tried vows the piteous home
Which memory haunts and whither sleep may roam,--
They only know for whom the roof of Love
Is the still-seated secret of the grove,
Nor spire may rise nor bell be heard therefrom.



Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 87. Death's Songsters
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 82. Hoarded Joy
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 29. The Moonstar
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 5. Heart's Hope
  5. The House of Life. Sonnet 14. Youth's Spring-Tribute


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