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By Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A massive poet, author, and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti used to be noticeable because the dominating cultural presence within the moment half the 19th century. He based the Pre-Raphaelite stream, revised and reimagined Blake’s venture of marrying photographs and texts, and was once a shaping impression on Modernist aesthetic rules and practices. His translations are unique poetical works of their personal correct. Jerome McGann, a number one determine in 19th- and twentieth-century scholarship, provides a beneficiant choice of Rossetti’s poetry, prose, and unique translations. the gathering, together with vital writings unavailable in any version of Rossetti ever revealed, is observed by means of McGann’s realized and severely incisive commentaries and notes.

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All the tale? Great God! and must she not prevail 30 p o e m s 100 105 110 115 120 125 130 135 To Wre them ere they heard it through, — And hand achieve ere heart could rest That high adventure of her quest? How would his Florence lead them forth, Her bridle ringing as she went; And at the last within her tent, ’Neath golden lilies worship-worth, How queenly would she bend the while And thank the victors with her smile! 140 Also her lips should turn his way And murmur: “O thou tried and true, With whom I wept the long years through!

140 Also her lips should turn his way And murmur: “O thou tried and true, With whom I wept the long years through! What shall it proWt if I say, Thee I remember? ” 145 150 Peace, Dante, peace! The task is long, The time wears short to compass it. Within thine heart such hopes may Xit And Wnd a voice in deathless song: But lo! as children of man’s earth, Those hopes are dead before their birth. 155 Fame tells us that Verona’s court Was a fair place. The feet might still Wander for ever at their will In many ways of sweet resort; And still in many a heart around The Poet’s name due honour found.

150 “Uncover ye his face,” she said. ” She cried, “O pale that was so red! O God, O God of grace! ” 155 His sword was broken in his hand Where he had kissed the blade. 22 p o e m s “O soft steel that could not withstand! ” 160 His bloodied banner crossed his mouth Where he had kissed her name. ” 165 The tints were shredded from his shield Where he had kissed her face. ” 175 That night they hung above her bed, Till morning wet with tears. Year after year above her head Her bed his token wears, Five years, ten years.

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