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Poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

English May

WOULD God your health were as this month of May
Should be, were this not England,Чand your face
Abroad, to give the gracious sunshine grace
And laugh beneath the budding hawthorn-spray.
But here the hedgerows pine from green to grey
While yet May's lyre is tuning, and her song
Is weak in shade that should in sun be strong;
And your pulse springs not to so faint a lay.
If in my life be breath of Italy,
Would God that I might yield it all to you!
So, when such grafted warmth had burgeoned through
The languor of your Maytime's hawthorn-tree,
My spirit at rest should walk unseen and see
The garland of your beauty bloom anew. 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 15. The Birth-Bond
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 100. Newborn Death - 2
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 81. Memorial Thresholds
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 74. Old and New Art - 1. St. Luke the Painter
  5. The House of Life. Sonnet 87. Death's Songsters

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