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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XII. Love and Death
Death-in-Love
By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
 
THERE came an image in Life’s retinue
  That had Love’s wings and bore his gonfalon:
  Fair was the web, and nobly wrought thereon,
O soul-sequestered face, thy form and hue!
Bewildering sounds, such as Spring wakens to,        5
    Shook in its folds; and through my heart its power
    Sped trackless as the immemorable hour
When birth’s dark portal groaned and all was new.
 
But a veiled woman followed, and she caught
    The banner round its staff, to furl and cling,—        10
    Then plucked a feather from the bearer’s wing,
And held it to his lips that stirred it not,
    And said to me, ‘Behold, there is no breath:
    I and this Love are one, and I am Death.’
 
 
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