Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: One with Two Shadows
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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19. One with Two Shadows.
  • I thought of her face who is very gone so far:
  • And the thought passing over;—to fall thence
  • Seemed like a fall from spirit into sense
  • Or from the Heaven of Heavens to a mere star.
  • God and mine own self have ordained the bar
  • 'Twixt her and me: so that if going hence
  • I met her, I should know it was a dense
  • Film of the brain—just nought, as phantoms are.
  • Now, when I passed thy your threshold, and came in,
  • 10 And glanced where thou wert you were sitting, and did see
  • Thy Your tresses in these braids and thy your hands thus,
  • I knew that other figure, grieved and thin,
  • That seemed/appeared seemed there and that was there, could not be,
  • Thou it stood like God's wrath betwixen us.

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