The House of Life

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Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Heart’s Compass

Sometimes thou seem’st not as thyself alone,
But as the meaning of all things that are;
A breathless wonder, shadowing forth afar
Some heavenly solstice hushed and halcyon;
Whose unstirred lips are music’s visible tone;
Whose eyes the sun-gate of the soul unbar,
Being of its furthest fires oracular;—
The evident heart of all life sown and mown.

Even such Love is; and is not thy name Love?
Yea, by thy hand the Love-god rends apart
All gathering clouds of Night’s ambiguous art;
Flings them far down, and sets thine eyes above;
And simply, as some gage of flower or glove,
Stakes with a smile the world against thy heart.

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Chicago: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Heart’s Compass," The House of Life, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in The House of Life (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D91PPB215MZ6N9C.

MLA: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. "Heart’s Compass." The House of Life, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in The House of Life, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D91PPB215MZ6N9C.

Harvard: Rossetti, DG, 'Heart’s Compass' in The House of Life, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, The House of Life, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D91PPB215MZ6N9C.