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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Parted Love
By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
 
WHAT shall be said of this embattled day
  And armed occupation of this night
  By all thy foes beleaguered,—now when sight
Nor sound denotes the loved one far away?
Of these thy vanquished hours what shalt thou say,—        5
  As every sense to which she dealt delight
  Now labours lonely o’er the stark noon-height
To reach the sunset’s desolate disarray?
 
Stand still, fond fettered wretch! while Memory’s art
  Parades the Past before thy face, and lures        10
  Thy spirit to her passionate portraitures:
Till the tempestuous tide-gates flung apart
Flood with wild will the hollows of thy heart,
  And thy heart rends thee, and thy body endures.
 
 
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