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Poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Choice

Think thou and act; to-morrow thou shalt die.
Outstretchd in the suns warmth upon the shore,
Thou sayst: Mans measured path is all gone oer:
Up all his years, steeply, with strain and sigh,
Man clomb until he touchd the truth; and I,
Even I, am he whom it was destined for.
How should this be? Art thou then so much more
Than they who sowd, that thou shouldst reap thereby?

Nay, come up hither. From this wave-washd mound
Unto the furthest flood-brim look with me;
Then reach on with thy thought till it be drownd.
Miles and miles distant though the last line be,
And though thy soul sail leagues and leagues beyond,
Still, leagues beyond those leagues, there is more sea. 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 3. Love's Testament
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 20. Gracious Moonlight
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 17. Beauty's Pageant
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 39. Sleepless Dreams
  5. The House of Life. Sonnet 99. Newborn Death - 1

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Yeats The Choice ("The intellect of man is forced to choose")
  • George Wither The Choice ("Me so oft my fancy drew")
  • Edith Nesbit The Choice ("PLAGUE take the dull and dusty town")
  • Lucy Montgomery The Choice ("Life, come to me in no pale guise and ashen")

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