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XLI Through Death To Love

Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828 (London) – 1882 (Birchington-on-Sea)

Like labour-laden moonclouds faint to flee
  From winds that sweep the winter-bitten wold,--
  Like multiform circumfluence manifold
  Of night's flood-tide,--like terrors that agree
  Of hoarse-tongued fire and inarticulate sea,--
  Even such, within some glass dimm'd by our breath,
  Our hearts discern wild images of Death,
  Shadows and shoals that edge eternity.

  Howbeit athwart Death's imminent shade doth soar
  One Power, than flow of stream or flight of dove
  Sweeter to glide around, to brood above.
  Tell me, my heart,--what angel-greeted door
  Or threshold of wing-winnow'd threshing-floor
  Hath guest fire-fledg'd as thine, whose lord is Love?

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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