Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Death-in-Love (holograph fair copy, U. of British Columbia Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869
Type of Manuscript: fair copy manuscript, no corrections
Scribe: DGR

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  • 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 soul 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
  • 10 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.”

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