Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Dream of Dante. A Picture by D. G. Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1874 November 11
Type of Manuscript: holograph fair copy
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- Over the dreamful poppies onward move,
- Dante, by love conducted, to the bier
- Where she lies lovelier, more divinely dear,
- Whom love and death have kissed. Ah deem not love
- Undone, though broke the blossom; lo, the dove,
- The mystic presence floating there and here,
- And far beyond the dim death-troubled sphere
- Of earth thy Beatrice borne above.
- Hold up, fair women, the flower-sprinkled veil
10That he may gaze, the arrow in his heart,
- Until the sight of that supreme release—
- Hands meekly folded, forehead pure and pale,
- And lips that faintly smiling seem to part
- In benediction,—say: I am in peace.
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