Early poems of William Morris

Early Poems of William Morris (1914)
by William Morris
3805355Early Poems of William Morris1914William Morris

"… In that garden fair
Came Launcelot walking; this is true, the kiss
Wherewith we kissed in meeting that spring day,
I scarce dare talk of the remember'd bliss."

—The Defence of Guenevere, p. 8.

EARLY POEMS OF WILLIAM MORRIS ILLUSTRATED BY FLORENCE HARRISON / NEW YORK DODGE PUBLISHING COMPANY 214-220 EAST TWENTY-THIRD STREET 1914

LIST OF COLOURED PLATES
  PAGE

"… In that garden fair
Came Launcelot walking; this is true, the kiss
Wherewith we kissed in meeting that spring day,
I scarce dare talk of the remember'd bliss "

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"And one of these strange choosing cloths was blue,
Wavy and long, and one cut short and red ;
No man could tell the better of the two"

2

"Guenevere! Guenevere!
Do you not know me, are you gone mad?'

22

"Rise up, and look and listen, Galahad"

36

How thief! thief! thief! so there, fair thief, so there

58

Suppose this had not happen'd after all;
I will lean out again and watch for news

78

My mother taught me prayers
To say when I had need

86

"O, sisters, cross the bridge with me,
My eyes are full of sand.
What matter that I cannot see,
If ye take me by the hand?"

100

Fair Jehane du Castel beau
Wore her wreath till it was dead

122

But she is a housewife good and wary,
And a great steel key hangs bright
From her gown, as red as the flowers in corn

136

Beneath an apple-tree our heads
Stretched out toward the sea

150

"Wind, wind! thou art sad, art thou kind?
Wind, wind, unhappy! thou art blind,
Yet still thou wanderest the lily-seed to find"

156

No one walks there now;
Except in the white moonlight
The white ghosts walk in a row

166

Then Godmar turn'd again and said:
"So, Jehane, the first fitte is read!
Take note, my lady, that your way
Lies backward to the Chatelet!"

174

My prison-bars are thick and strong,
I take no heed of any weather,
The sweet Saints grant I live not long

182

Pray but one prayer for me 'twixt thy closed lips,
Think but one thought of me up in the stars

192

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"Nevertheless you, O Sir Gauwaine, lie"

5

"And by him Palomydes, helmet off
He fought"

27

No long time hence, also I see
Thy wasted fingers twine
Within the tresses of her hair
That shineth gloriously

43

I will run fast, leap adown
The slippery sea-stairs, where the crabs fight

71

A sweet bow'd-down face with yellow hair

91

And over it they lay, with stone-white hands
Clasped fast together

109

I kiss the Lady Mary's head,
Her lips, and her hair golden red,
Because to-day we have been wed

115

Ah! qu'elle est belle La Marguerite

129

"and in
The order'd garden you would seek
The biggest roses—any sin"

143

I hear the tinkling of the bell,
I see the cross against the sky

161

O, why does yon pale face look at me
From out the golden cloth?

179

Six maidens round the mast,
A red-gold crown on every one,
A green gown on the last

187

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