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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Данте Габриэль Россетти)


The House of Life. Sonnet 50. Willowwood - 2


And now Love sang: but his was such a song,
So meshed with half-remembrance hard to free,
As souls disused in death's sterility
May sing when the new birthday tarries long.
And I was made aware of a dumb throng
That stood aloof, one form by every tree,
All mournful forms, for each was I or she,
The shades of those our days that had no tongue.

They looked on us, and knew us and were known;
While fast together, alive from the abyss,
Clung the soul-wrung implacable close kiss;
And pity of self through all made broken moan
Which said, 'For once, for once, for once alone!'
And still Love sang, and what he sang was this:--



Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 87. Death's Songsters
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 82. Hoarded Joy
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 20. Gracious Moonlight
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 57. True Woman - 2. Her Love
  5. The House of Life. Sonnet 41. Through Death to Love


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