Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Proserpine (For a Picture) (Texas MS, English version)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1877
Type of Manuscript: fair copy

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  • Afar away the light that brings cold cheer
  • Unto this wall,—one instant & no more
  • Admitted at my distant palace-door.
  • Afar the flowers of Enna from this drear
  • Dire fruit, which, tasted once, must thrall me here.
  • Afar those skies from this Tartarean grey
  • That chills me: and afar, how far away,
  • The nights that shall be from the days that were.
  • Afar from mine own self I seem, and wing
  • 10 Strange ways in thought, and listen for a sign:
  • And still some heart unto some soul doth pine,
  • (Whose sounds mine inner sense is fain to bring,
  • Continually together murmuring,)—
  • “Woe's me for thee, unhappy Proserpine!”
Dante G. Rossetti
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