Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Love's Fatality (Delaware fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: fair copy manuscript
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- Sweet Love,—but oh! most dread Desire of Love
- Life-thwarted. Linked in gyves I saw them stand,
- Love shackled with Vain-longing, hand to hand:
- And one was eyed as the blue vault above:
- But hope tempestuous like a fire-cloud hove
- I'the other's gaze, even as in his whose wand
- Vainly all might with spell-wrought power has spann'd
- The unyeilding caves of some deep treasure-trove.
- Also his lips, two writhen flakes of flame,
10Made moan: “Alas O Love, thus leashed with me!
- Wing-footed thou, wing-shouldered, once born free:
- And I, thy cowering self, in chains grown tame,—
- Bound to thy body and soul, named with thy name,—
- Life's iron heart, even Love's Fatality.”
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