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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Данте Габриэль Россетти)


The House of Life. Sonnet 48. Death-in-Love


There came an image in Life's retinue
That had Love's wings and bore his gonfalon:
Fair was the web, and nobly wrought thereon,
O soul-sequestered face, thy form and hue!
Bewildering sounds, such as Spring wakens to,
Shook in its folds; and through my heart its power
Sped trackless as the immemorable hour
When birth's dark portal groaned and all was new.

But a veiled woman followed, and she caught
The banner round its staff, to furl and cling,--
Then plucked a feather from the bearer's wing,
And held it to his lips that stirred it not,
And said to me, "Behold, there is no breath:
I and this Love are one, and I am Death."



Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 29. The Moonstar
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 36. Life-in-Love
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 84. Farewell to the Glen
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 6a. Nuptial Sleep
  5. The House of Life. Sonnet 33. Venus Victrix


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