Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Wellington's Funeral (Lilly Library fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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- So once more the cry must be.
- Duteous mourning we fulfil
- In God's Name; but by God's will,
- Doubt not, the last word is still
- In the music round this pall,
- Solemn grief yields earth to earth;
10 But what tones of solemn mirth
- In the pageant of new birth
- Rise and fall?
- For indeed,
- If our eyes were opened,
- Who shall say what escort floats
- Here, which breath nor gleam denotes,—
- Fiery horses, chariots
20 Even thy call he may not hear;
- Long-known voice for ever past,
- Till with one more trumpet-blast
- God's assuring word at last
- Reach his ear.
- Hold your breath in reverent mood:
- For while earth's whole kindred stand
- Mute even thus on either hand,
- This soul's labour shall be scann'd
30 And found good.
- Lift ye not even now your hymn?
- Lo! once lent for human lack,
- Michael's sword is rendered back.
- Thrills not now the starry track,
- Since the Gift of thine “All hail!”
- Out of Heaven no time hath brought
40 Gift with fuller blessing fraught
- Than the peace which this man wrought
- Passing well.
- Be no word
- Raised of bloodshed Christ-abhorr'd.
- Say: “'Twas thus in His decrees
- Who Himself, the Prince of Peace,
- For His harvest's high increase
- Sent a sword.”
50 He by whom the neck of France
- Then was given unto your heel,
- Timely sought, may lend as well
- To your sons his terrible
- As the last grave must renew,
- Ere fresh death, the banshee-strain,—
- So methinks upon thy plain
- Falls some presage in the rain,
60 In the dew.
- And O thou,
an exile's brow
- Unappeased, o'er death's dumb flood:—
- Lo! the saving strength of God
- In some new heart's English blood
- Slumbers now.
- Is this all thy work was for?—
- Thus to see thy self-sought aim,
70 Yea thy titles, yea thy name,
- In another's shame, to shame
- Bandied o'er? *
Transcribed Footnote (page ):
* Date of the
Coup d'Etat: 2nd Dec
- 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 and won.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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