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Document Title: Czar Alexander the Second. (13th March, 1881.) (Corrected copy, Houghton Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1881 March 13
Type of Manuscript: corrected holograph copy
Scribe: DGR

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Czar Alexander the Second.

  • From him did forty thousand Serfs, endow'd
  • Each with six feet of death-claimed earth soil, receive
  • Rich lifelong freeborn land, whereon to sheave
  • Their country's harvest. Who today are bowed aloud
  • Demand of Heaven their Father's blood,—sore bow'd
  • With tears & thrilled with wrath; & born to achieve,
  • On every guilty head without reprieve
  • All torment by his edict s disallow'd.
  • He stayed the knout's red-ravening fangs; and first
  • 10 Of Russian traitors, his own murderers go
  • White to the tomb. While he,—laid foully low
  • With limbs red-lopped, with blood-clogged brain which nurs'd
  • The nation's charter,—from full Nihil flown,
  • No Nought finds now,—a witness at God's throne.
D. G. Rossetti
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 8-1881.harvard.rad.xml
Copyright: By permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University