The Woodspurge by Dante Gabriel Rossetti


The wind flapped loose, the wind was still,

Shaken out dead from trees and hill:

I had walked on at the wind’s will,-

I sat now, for the wind was still.

Between my knees my forehead was, –

My lips drawn in, said not Alas!

My hair was overin the grass,

My naked ears heard the day pass.

My eye, wide open, had the run

Of some ten weeds to fix upon;

 Among those few, out of the sun,

The woodsurge flowered, three cups in one.

From perfect grief there need not be

Wisdom or even memory:

One thing then learnt remains to me,-

The woodspurge has a cup of three.


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