Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Through Death to Life
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
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- That voice I hear,—how heard I cannot tell,—
- Although my home is there, seems
from my home:
- There . . . still it trails along and murmurs
- Like the slow death of sound within a bell,
- Or like the humming whine in some pink shell
- Wet with the beaded bubbles of the foam,
- Which bird-eyed damsels stoop for when they roam
- By the old sea. Wer't not exceeding well
- To shake my soul out of this
10 For any voice calling me any whither?
- And the new life, than this I have, or had,
- Cannot be worse: the voice is much too sad.
Added TextEven to attain calm grief, I'd hasten thither
I may win blessèd grief by going thither
Added TextSince here this sought for joy wearies like strife
Perchance; sith here such loathesome joys are rife.
Manuscript Addition: (8 m.)
Editorial Description: Notation at lower right indicating it was written in eight minutes.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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