The House Of The Life: The Kiss

What smouldering senses in death's sick delay
Or seizure of malign vicissitude
Can rob this body of honour, or denude
This soul of wedding-raiment worn to-day?
For lo! even now my lady's lips did play
With these my lips such consonant interlude
As laurelled Orpheus longed for when he wooed
The half-drawn hungering face with that last lay.

I was a child beneath her touch, -- a man
When breast to breast we clung, even I and she, --
A spirit when her spirit looked through me, --
A god when all our life-breath met to fan
Our life-blood, till love's emulous ardours ran,
Fire within fire, desire in deity.

by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Comments (1)

A good sonnet divided into two stanzas. The fist stanza is an OCTAVE with a rhyme scheme of Abba Abba. The second stanza is a SESTET with a rhyme scheme of cdd cce. Sylva-Onyema Uba.