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
Scribe: DGR

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Sonnet LIV

Love's Fatality.

  • 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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