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By Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A tremendous poet, author, and painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was once noticeable because the dominating cultural presence within the moment half the 19th century. He based the Pre-Raphaelite flow, revised and reimagined Blake’s undertaking of marrying pictures and texts, and used to be a shaping effect on Modernist aesthetic principles and practices. His translations are unique poetical works of their personal correct. Jerome McGann, a number one determine in 19th- and twentieth-century scholarship, offers a beneficiant collection of Rossetti’s poetry, prose, and unique translations. the gathering, inclusive of very important writings unavailable in any version of Rossetti ever published, is observed by means of McGann’s discovered and seriously incisive commentaries and notes.

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245 But Dante recked not of the wine; Whether the women stayed or went, His visage held one stern intent: *Uguccione della Faggiuola, Dante’s former protector, was now his fellow-guest at Verona. p o e m s 33 And when the music had its sign To breathe upon them for more ease, Sometimes he turned and bade it cease. And as he spared not to rebuke The mirth, so oft in council he To bitter truth bore testimony: And when the crafty balance shook Well poised to make the wrong prevail, Then Dante’s hand would turn the scale.

Yet in the tiltyard, when the dust Cleared from the sundered press of knights Ere yet again it swoops and smites, He almost deemed his longing must Find force to yield that multitude And hurl that strength the way he would. How should he move them, — fame and gain On all hands calling them at strife? He still might Wnd but his one life To give, by Florence counted vain; One heart the false hearts made her doubt, One voice she heard once and cast out. Oh! if his Florence could but come, A lily-sceptred damsel fair, As her own Giotto painted her On many shields and gates at home,— A lady crowned, at a soft pace Riding the lists round to the dais: Till where Can Grande rules the lists, As young as Truth, as calm as Force, She draws her rein now, while her horse Bows at the turn of the white wrists; And when each knight within his stall Gives ear, she speaks and tells them all: All the foul tale,—truth sworn untrue And falsehood’s triumph.

Thou headstone of humanity, Groundstone of the great Mystery, Fashioned like us, yet more than we! Mind’st thou not (when June’s heavy breath Warmed the long days in Nazareth,) That eve thou didst go forth to give Thy Xowers some drink that they might live One faint night more amid the sands? Far oV the trees were as pale wands 24 p o e m s 5 10 15 Against the fervid sky: the sea Sighed further oV eternally As human sorrow sighs in sleep. ” 20 25 30 Ah! — And through His boyhood, year by year Eating with Him the Passover, Didst thou discern confusedly That holier sacrament, when He, The bitter cup about to quaV, Should break the bread and eat thereof?

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