Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Notebook Page (Rosenbach Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: corrected copy
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- Who shall say what is said in him
- With all that he might have been dead in him?
- Maggior dolore è ben la Ricordanza,
- O nell' amaro inferno amena stanza?
- Is Memory most of miseries miserable
- Or the one flower of ease in bitterest hell?
- Fashioned with intricate infinity.
- A sonnet is a moment's monument,—
- A medal struck to all eternity
- For one dead deathless hour.
Tragical shadow's realm of
cold things sound & sight
- Conjectured in the lamentable night.
- In whomsoe'er, since Poesy began,
Of all men most of a Poet
A Poet most of all men we may scan,
- Burns of all poets is the most a Man.
- Didst ever say, “Lo, I forget”?
- That thought was to remember yet.
- As in a gravegarth comst to see
- The monuments of memory.
- Be this thy soul's appointed scope:—
- Gaze onward without claim to hope,
- Nor, gazing backward, brook regret.
- Ah! dear one, we were young so long,
- I thought that youth would never go, &c
- Ah! dear one, I've been old so long!
- How long until we meet again? &c
- How sweet a solace is the bridal-bed,—
- With dawn prepared, with evening hallowèd.
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