Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Wellington's Funeral (draft manuscript)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1852 November
Type of Manuscript: draft manuscript
Scribe: DGR

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18 th November. 1852

  • “Victory!”
  • So once more the cry must be:
  • Heartfelt Duteous mourning we fulfil
  • In God's Name: but by God's will,
  • Doubt not, the last word is still
  • “Victory!”
  • For indeed,
  • If our eyes were opened,
  • Who shall say what escort floats
  • 10Here, which breath nor gleam denotes, —
  • Fiery horses, chariots
  • Fire-footed?
  • Funeral,
  • In the ir music round this pall,
  • Solemn grief yields earth to earth;
  • But what strains tones of solemn mirth
  • In that the pageant of new birth
  • Rise and fall?
  • Cherubim,
  • 20Lift ye not even now your hymn?
  • Lo! once lent for human luck,
  • Michael's sword is rendered back—
  • Thrills not now the zodiac starry track,
  • Seraphim?
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  • Gabriel,
  • Since the Gifts of Thine “All hail!”
  • Out of Heaven s no time hath brought
  • Gift with fuller blessing fraught
  • Than the peace which this man wrought
  • 30Passing well.
  • Trumpeter.
  • He E'en thy music doth call he may not hear;
  • Long-known voice, for ever past,
  • Till with one more trumpet-blast,
  • God's Hassuring word at last
  • Reach his ear.
  • Multitude,
  • Hold your breath, in reverent mood:
  • For, when earth's whole kindred stand
  • 40 Dumb Mute even thus on either hand,
  • This soul's labour shall be scann'd
  • And found good.
  • Let Be no word
  • Raised of bloodshed Christ-abhorr'd:
  • Say: 'Twas thus in His decrees
  • Who Himself, the Prince of Peace,
  • For In His harvest's could ripe increase
  • Sent a sword.
  • Veterans,
  • 50He by whom the neck of France
  • Then was given unto your heel,
  • Timely sought, may lend as well
  • To your sons his terrible
  • Countenance.
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  • Waterloo!
  • As the last grave must renew,
  • Ere fresh death, th the the banshee-strain,
  • So methinks upon thy plain
  • Falls some presage in the rain,
  • 60In the dew
  • And O thou,
  • Watching still, with angry brow,
  • Unappeased, o'er death's dumb flood:—
  • Lo! The saving strength of God
  • In some new heart's English blood
  • Slumbers now.
  • Emperor,
  • Was it Is this thou toilest all this work was for?—
  • Thus to see thy self-sought aim,
  • 70Yea thy titles, yea thy name,
  • In another's shame, to shame
  • Yielded Bandied o'er?
  • Wellington,
  • Thy great work is but begun.
  • With quick seed his end is rife
  • Whose long tale of conquering strife
  • Shows no triumph like his life
  • Lost & won.

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