Love to his singer held a glistening leaf, and said: "The rose-tree and the apple-tree Have fruits to vaunt or flowers to lure the bee; And golden shafts are in the feathered sheaf Of the great harvest marshal, the year's chief Victorious summer; aye, and 'neath warm sea Strange secret grasses lurk inviolably Between the filtering channels of sunk reef... All are my blooms; and all sweet blooms of love To thee I gave while spring and summer sang; But autumn stops to listen, with some pang From those worse things the wind is moaning of. Only this laurel dreads no winter days: Take my last gift; thy heart hath sung my praise."
- by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882), "Love's last gift", appears in Ballads and Sonnets, first published 1881 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "Love's last gift", 1903, published 1904 [voice and piano], from The House of Life, no. 6. [text verified 1 time]
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