Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Trees of the Garden (British Library fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1875?
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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- Ye who have passed Death's haggard hills; and ye
- Whom trees that knew your sires shall cease to know
- And still stand silent:—is it all a show,—
- A wisp that laughs upon the wall?—decree
- Of some inexorable supremacy
- Which ever, as man strains his blind surmise
- From depth to ominous depth, looks past his eyes,
- Sphinx-faced with unabashèd augury?
- Nay, rather question the Earth's self. Invoke
10 The storm-felled forest-trees moss-grown to-day
- Whose roots are hillocks where the children play;
- Or ask the silver sapling 'neath what yoke
- Those stars, that through his spray-crown watch the oak
- When even his gnarled boughs shrink, shall hold their way.
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