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
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- 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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Copyright: Reproduced with permission of the Library of Congress.