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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Dante Gabriel Rossetti. (1828–1882)
 
 
1
    The blessed damozel leaned out
  From the gold bar of Heaven:
Her eyes were deeper than the depth
  Of waters stilled at even;
She had three lilies in her hand,
  And the stars in her hair were seven.
          The blessed Damozel.
2
    And the souls mounting up to God
  Went by her like thin flames.
          The blessed Damozel.
3
      If God in his wisdom have brought close
  The day when I must die,
That day by water or fire or air
My feet shall fall in the destined snare
  Wherever my road may lie.
          The King’s Tragedy.
4
    I have been here before,
  But when or how I can not tell;
I know the grass beyond the door,
  The sweet keen smell,
The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.
          Sudden Light.
5
    Still we say as we go,—
  “Strange to think by the way
Whatever there is to know,
  That shall we know one day.”
          The Cloud Confines.
6
    Gather a shell from the strewn beach
  And listen at its lips: 1 they sigh
  The same desire and mystery,
The echo of the whole sea’s speech.
          The Sea-Limits.
7
    Look in my face: my name is Might-have-been;
  I am also called No-more, Too-late, Farewell.
          Sonnet. A Superscription.
8
    Was it a friend or foe that spread these lies?
Nay, who but infants question in such wise,
’T was one of my most intimate enemies.
          Fragment.
9
              If the light is
It is because God said ‘Let there be light.’
          At Sunrise.
10
    Thou fill’st from the wingèd chalice of the soul
Thy lamp, O Memory, fire-wingèd to its goal.
          Mnemosyne.
 
Note 1.
Charles Henry Webb: With a Nantucket Shell, page 793. [back]
 

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