Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: The Blood's Winter
Author: William Michael Rossetti
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
Scribe: DGR

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34. The Blood's Winter
Note: The first two lines of DGR's revised text are written at the top of the page
  • I shall not conquer, much as I may strive,
    Added TextThe end is come. However much I strive
  • For 'tis myself I'd conquer. Oh to I fail, between & so the end's come. I do think
  • That in some moment Sometimes tho' even yet before I sink
  • For ever in By mine own deeds to death and my soul dive
  • Down without Not knowing whither down, I still alive ere it rive
  • The chains that bind it fast on to Shall find out but when just on the mere brink
  • Of the world's end, some strange and that one, that hidden unknown link
  • Of feeling she now dreams not of may To bind her soul to mine. But No, let me drive
  • Her heart in towards me! These thoughts away! God, too I know, will sever
  • 10 Our souls, even there: for she'll fly up to be there in the full
  • House of his Saints, all crowned at peace; but I shall not so.
  • Oh God! Oh God! I think ?/whereso Oh God! I am quite sure that I shall never
  • See her again! that my own hands will pull
  • Me down from her! My eyes feel burned and are hot. No, much remains to know.

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