Proserpine (oil replica, eighth version)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Dimensions: 30 3/4 x 14 3/4 in.
Signature: Dante Gabriele
Date on Image: 1882
Note: Signature and date are inscribed on a scroll at the lower left.
Production Date: 1882
Exhibition History: B.F.A.C. 1883, no. 92; Tate,
Loan Exhibition of Works by Pre-Raphaelite Painters from Collections in Lancashire, 1913, no. 40
Current Location: Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 7'27
Copyright: © Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Afar away the light that brings cold cheer
- Unto this wall,—one instant and no more
- Admitted at my distant palace-door.
- Afar the flowers of Enna from this drear
- Dire fruit, which, tasted once, must thrall me here).
- Afar those skies from this Tartarean grey
- That chills me: and afar, how far away,
- The nights that shall be from the days that were.
- Afar From mine own self I seem, and wing
- Strange ways in thought, and listen for a sign:
- And still some heart unto some soul doth pine,
- (Whose sounds mine inner sense is fain to bring,
- Continually together murmuring,)
- “Woe's me for thee, unhappy Proserpine!”
Note: Poem is located in the upper-right corner of the picture.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 343.
Image: Reproduction is cropped at the bottom.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1