Treasure Island

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

(12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882 / London / England)

The House of Life: 71. The Choice, I


Eat thou and drink; to-morrow thou shalt die.
Surely the earth, that's wise being very old,
Needs not our help. Then loose me, love, and hold
Thy sultry hair up from my face; that I
May pour for thee this golden wine, brim-high,
Till round the glass thy fingers glow like gold.
We'll drown all hours: thy song, while hours are toll'd,
Shall leap, as fountains veil the changing sky.

Now kiss, and think that there are really those,
My own high-bosom'd beauty, who increase
Vain gold, vain lore, and yet might choose our way!
Through many years they toil; then on a day
They die not,--for their life was death,--but cease;
And round their narrow lips the mould falls close.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: kiss, hair, song, beauty, sky, death, house, life, change

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The House of Life: 71. The Choice, I by Dante Gabriel Rossetti )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Just Hang In There, Ronell Warren Alman
  2. इन्तजार, Aftab Alam
  3. फ़रयाद, Aftab Alam
  4. • दुआ, Aftab Alam
  5. Alter Ego, Foster Teegarden
  6. Pigeon, Foster Teegarden
  7. Idle mind at rest, hasmukh amathalal
  8. Against nature, gajanan mishra
  9. Train, Foster Teegarden
  10. Inspiration (Haiku), Toshie Nohara

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When the hours of Day are numbered,
And the voices of the Night
Wake the better soul, that slumbered,
To a holy, calm delight;

Ere the evening lamps are lighted,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

 

Trending Poems

  1. 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Footsteps of Angels, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  4. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  5. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. Farewell, Anne Brontë
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  9. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  10. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]