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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Данте Габриэль Россетти)


The House of Life. Sonnet 65. Known in Vain


As two whose love, first foolish, widening scope,
Knows suddenly, with music high and soft,
The Holy of holies; who because they scoff'd
Are now amazed with shame, nor dare to cope
With the whole truth aloud, lest heaven should ope;
Yet, at their meetings, laugh not as they laugh'd
In speech; nor speak, at length; but sitting oft
Together, within hopeless sight of hope
For hours are silent:--So it happeneth
When Work and Will awake too late, to gaze
After their life sailed by, and hold their breath.
Ah! who shall dare to search through what sad maze
Thenceforth their incommunicable ways
Follow the desultory feet of Death?



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


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