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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Dîs Manibus


natus 1855—obit 1874

  • 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:
  • 10Does 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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