Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Memorial Thresholds (Delaware draft manuscript)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1873
Type of Manuscript: draft manuscript
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Manuscript Addition: LXXXI / Ch & Fate
Editorial Note: Pencil note for the sonnet's place in
The House of Life.
- What place so strange,—though unimagined
- With unimaginable fires arise
- At the earth's end,—what passion of surprise
the strange [?]
frost-bound fire-girt scenes of long ago?
- Lo! this is none but I this hour; and lo!
- This is the very place which to mine eyes
- Those mortal hours in vain immortalize,
- 'Mid hurrying crowds, with what alone I know.
- City, of thine a single simple door,
10By some new power reduplicate, must be
- Even yet my life-porch in eternity,
Even With one
lost figure filled, as once of yore:
- Or mocking winds whirl round a chaff-strown floor
- Thee and thy years and these my words and me
- Or shall the winds
some wind whirl round for evermore
- Or let the vain winds whirl for evermore
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