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
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- 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,
- 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,
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—
D. G. Rossetti
P. S. Don't trouble to
Note: The page is torn so that only the last three lines of text remain.
kindly humour me
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