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THE HOUSE OF LIFE: 23. LOVE'S BAUBLES, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I stood where love in brimming armfuls bore
Last Line: "follies of love are love's true ministers."
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Love


I STOOD where Love in brimming armfuls bore
Slight wanton flowers and foolish toys of fruit:
And round him ladies thronged in warm pursuit,
Fingered and lipped and proffered the strange store.
And from one hand the petal and the core
Savoured of sleep; and cluster and curled shoot
Seemed from another hand like shame's salute,--
Gifts that I felt my cheek was blushing for.

At last Love bade my Lady give the same:
And as I looked, the dew was light thereon;
And as I took them, at her touch they shone
With inmost heaven-hue of the heart of flame.
And then Love said: "Lo! when the hand is hers,
Follies of love are love's true ministers."





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