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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XII. Love and Death
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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