Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Hero's Lamp (Texas corrected fair copy manuscript)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1875?
Type of Manuscript: Corrected draft
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- That lamp there fill'st in Eros' name to-night,
- O Hero, shall the Sestian augurs take
- To-morrow, and for drowned Leander's sake
- To Anteros its fireless lip shall plight.
- Aye, waft the unspoken vow. Yet dawn's first light
- On ebbing storm and life twice ebb'd must break;
- While 'neath no sunrise, by the Avernian lake,
- Lo! Where love walks, Death's pallid neophyte!
- That lamp within Anteros'
10Shall stand unlit (for so the gods decree)
- Till some one man the
happy issue see
- Of a life's love and bid its flame to shine:
- Which still
may rest unfir'd: for mine or thine,
- O brother, what brought love to thee or me?
When Leander was drowned, the
inhabitants of Sestis consecrated
lantern to Anteros; & he
that had good success in his love
should light the candle: but never
any man was found to light it.
Burton: Anat: Melanch.
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