Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: The One Hope (fair copy holograph, Library of Congress)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1870 March
Type of Manuscript: holograph fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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The One Hope.

  • When vain desire at last and vain regret
  • Go hand in hand to death, and all is vain,
  • What shall assuage the unforgotten pain
  • And teach the unforgetful to forget?
  • Shall Peace be still a sunk stream long unmet,—
  • Or may the Soul at once in a green plain
  • Stoop through the spray of some sweet life-fountain
  • And cull the dew-drenched flowering amulet?
  • Ah! when the wan soul in that golden air
  • 10 Between the scriptured petals softly blown
  • Peers breathless for the gift of grace unknown,—
  • Let no such joys as other souls count fair
  • But only the one Hope's one name be there,—
  • Not less nor more, but even that word alone.

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Source File: 16-1870.lcms1.rad.xml
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