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Poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti


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


Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 99. Newborn Death - 1
  2. The Staff and Scrip
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 33. Venus Victrix
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 84. Farewell to the Glen
  5. The House of Life. Sonnet 32. Equal Troth


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Anne Brontë A Prayer ("My God (oh, let me call Thee mine")
  • Paul Dunbar A Prayer ("O Lord, the hard-won miles")
  • Norman Gale A Prayer ("TEND me my birds, and bring again")
  • James Joyce A Prayer ("Again!") Paris, 1924
  • Amy Levy A Prayer ("Since that I may not have")
  • Edward Sill A Prayer ("O GOD, our Father, if we had but truth!")
  • Claude McKay A Prayer ("ТMid the discordant noises of the day I hear thee calling")
  • John Stagg A Prayer ("Hail, mighty Father! God of all!")

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