Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Dis Manibus
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1874
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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- Upon the landscape of his coming life
- A youth high-gifted gazed, and found it fair:
- Mountains of work & floods of praise were there.
- What friendships, what desires, what love, what wife?—
- All things to come. The fanned springtide was rife
- With imminent solstice; and the ardent air
- Had summer sweets and autumn fires to bear—
- Full flower of ease with perfect strength for strife.
- A mist has risen: we see the youth no more:
he see on and strive on? And may we
- Late-tottering world-worn hence, find
his to be
- The young strong hand which helps us up that shore?
- Or, echoing the No More with Nevermore,
- Must Night be ours & his? We hope: does he?
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