Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Sonnet (to Dante Alighieri). He conceives of some Compensation in Death
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: holograph draft
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- Dante whenever this thing happeneth,
- That amorous longing is bereft of hope,
The while I seek
Seeking in vain, at ladies' eyes
- Of joy,
which for which [?] draws peaceful breath
through words the heart for ever saith)
- I ask thee,
is it recompensed by
then, comfort I need can
amends be made in
- Is such sad pass its last extremity?
- Or may the Soul that never feared to die
- Then in another body draw new breath?
Lo! thus it is through her who governs all
10 Below—that I who entered at her door
- Now at
her dreadful window must fare forth.
Yea, and I think through her it doth befall
- That even ere yet the road is travelled o'er
- My bones are weary and life is nothing worth
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