Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: To Death, of His Lady (Fair copy manuscript, Eton College)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869 July or 1869 August (early)
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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To Death, of His Lady.
  • Death, of thee do I make my moan,
  • Who hadst my lady away from me,
  • Nor wilt assuage thine enmity
  • Till with her life thou hast mine own;
  • For since that hour my strength has flown.
  • Lo! what wrong was her life to thee,
  • Death?
  • Two we were, and the heart was one;
  • Which now being dead, dead I must be,
  • 10 Or seem alive as lifelessly
  • As in the choir the painted stone,
  • Death!
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Note: The manuscript of the poem is accompanied by a torn letter fragment, addressee unknown.
is very short

so I send it but dare

say you won't have room.
I suppose in the last line

of the original (page 113)

“Coeur” stands for

“Choeur”—else I can

make nothing of it—
Ever yours

D. G. Rossetti
P. S. Don't trouble to
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Note: The page is torn so that only the last three lines of text remain.
punctuation. Please

kindly humour me

in this.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 39-1869.etonms.rad.xml