Poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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."
- Poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti