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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Данте Габриэль Россетти)


The House of Life. Sonnet 99. Newborn Death - 1


To-day Death seems to me an infant child
Which her worn mother Life upon my knee
Has set to grow my friend and play with me;
If haply so my heart might be beguil'd
To find no terrors in a face so mild,
If haply so my weary heart might be
Unto the newborn milky eyes of thee,
O Death, before resentment reconcil'd.

How long, O Death? And shall thy feet depart
Still a young child's with mine, or wilt thou stand
Fullgrown the helpful daughter of my heart,
What time with thee indeed I reach the strand
Of the pale wave which knows thee what thou art,
And drink it in the hollow of thy hand?



Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 51. Willowwood - 3
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 32. Equal Troth
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 20. Gracious Moonlight
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 85. Vain Virtues
  5. Another Love


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