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Document Title: One of Time's Riddles
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
Scribe: DGR

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43. One of Time's Riddles
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  • In her deep bosom the pride settled down—
  • That pride which is a brackish thing like salt;
  • And the life in her pulses seemed to halt.
  • About her temples, for an iron crown
  • She set stern Patience. She did never frown,
  • But her long gaze was gentle to a fault;
  • And looking deep into her eyes, you had call'd
  • Their lustre nothing but a mild clear brown.
  • She lives, and moves, and is a mystery.
  • 10 That which she hath been, the thought cannot touch;
  • Only beholding what she is, it hath
  • Glimpses of something she is yet to be;
  • And at the least, it knows of her thus much:—
  • She bides her season with a solemn faith.

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