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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Данте Габриэль Россетти)


The House of Life. Sonnet 75. Old and New Art - 2. Not as These


"I am not as these are," the poet saith
In youth's pride, and the painter, among men
At bay, where never pencil comes nor pen,
And shut about with his own frozen breath.
To others, for whom only rhyme wins faith
As poets,--only paint as painters,--then
He turns in the cold silence; and again
Shrinking, "I am not as these are," he saith.

And say that this is so, what follows it?
For were thine eyes set backwards in thine head,
Such words were well; but they see on, and far.
Unto the lights of the great Past, new-lit
Fair for the Future's track, look thou instead,--
Say thou instead, "I am not as these are."



Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 39. Sleepless Dreams
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 3. Love's Testament
  3. The Staff and Scrip
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 99. Newborn Death - 1
  5. The House of Life. Sonnet 87. Death's Songsters


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