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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