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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
From “The House of Life: a Sonnet-Sequence.” III. Her Gifts
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–82)
 
 
HIGH grace, the dower of queens; and therewithal
Some wood-born wonder’s sweet simplicity;
A glance like water brimming with the sky
Or hyacinth-light where forest-shadows fall;
Such thrilling pallor of cheek as doth inthrall        5
The heart; a mouth whose passionate forms imply
All music and all silence held thereby;
Deep golden locks, her sovereign coronal;
A round rear’d neck, meet column of Love’s shrine
To cling to when the heart takes sanctuary;        10
Hands which forever at Love’s bidding be,
And soft-stirr’d feet still answering to his sign:—
These are her gifts, as tongue may tell them o’er.
Breathe low her name, my soul; for that means more.
 

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