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THE HOUSE OF LIFE: 49. WILLOWWOOD (1), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: I sat with love upon a woodside well
Last Line: Bubbled with brimming kisses at my mouth.
Alternate Author Name(s): Rossetti, Gabriel Charles Dante
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


I SAT with Love upon a woodside well,
Leaning across the water, I and he;
Nor ever did he speak nor looked at me,
But touched his lute wherein was audible
The certain secret thing he had to tell:
Only our mirrored eyes met silently
In the low wave; and that sound came to be
The passionate voice I knew; and my tears fell.

And at their fall, his eyes beneath grew hers;
And with his foot and with his wing-feathers
He swept the spring that watered my heart's drouth.
Then the dark ripples spread to waving hair,
And as I stooped, her own lips rising there
Bubbled with brimming kisses at my mouth.





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