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The House of the Life: 36. Life-in-Love

Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828 (London) – 1882 (Birchington-on-Sea)

Not in thy body is thy life at all
  But in this lady's lips and hands and eyes;
  Through these she yields thee life that vivifies
  What else were sorrow's servant and death's thrall.
  Look on thyself without her, and recall
  The waste remembrance and forlorn surmise
  That liv'd but in a dead-drawn breath of sighs
  O'er vanish'd hours and hours eventual.

  Even so much life hath the poor tress of hair
  Which, stor'd apart, is all love hath to show
  For heart-beats and for fire-heats long ago;
  Even so much life endures unknown, even where,
  'Mid change the changeless night environeth,
  Lies all that golden hair undimm'd in death.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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