The Poetical Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Poetical Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...And he crossed his brow and breast; And proudly in royal hardihood Even so with folded arms he stood, ---The prize of the bloody quest. Then on me leaped the Queen like a deer: --"O Catherine, help!" she cried. And low at his feet we clasped his knees Together side by side. "Oh! even a King, for his people's sake, From treasonous death must hide!" "For her sake most!" I cried, and I marked The pang that my words could wring. And the iron tongs from the chimney-nook I snatched and held to the king: --"Wrench up the plank! and the vault beneath Shall yield safe harbouring." With brows low-bent, from my eager hand The heavy heft did he take; And the plank at his feet he wrenched and tore; And as he frowned through the open floor, Again I said, "For her sake!' Then he cried to the Queen, "God's will be done!" For her hands were clasped in prayer. And down he sprang to the inner crypt; And straight we closed the plank he had ripp'd And toiled to smooth it fair. (Alas! in that vault a gap once was Wherethro' the King might have fled: But three days since close-walled had it been By his will; for the ball would roll therein When without at the palm he play'd.) Then the Queen cried, "Catherine, keep the door, And I to this will suffice!" At her word I rose all dazed to my feet, And my heart was fire and ice. And louder ever the voices grew, And the tramp of men in mail; Until to my brain it seemed to be As though I tossed on a ship at sea In the teeth of a crashing gale. Then back I flew to the rest; and hard We strove with sinews knit To force the table against the door; But we might not compass it. Then my wild gaze sped far down the hall To the place of the hearthstone-sill; And more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123686283X
  • 9781236862839