The House of Life

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Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Known in Vain

As two whose love, first foolish, widening scope,
Knows suddenly, with music high and soft,
The Holy of holies; who because they scoff’d
Are now amazed with shame, nor dare to cope
With the whole truth aloud, lest heaven should ope;
Yet, at their meetings, laugh not as they
In speech; nor speak, at length; but sitting oft
Together, within hopeless sight of hope
For hours are silent:—So it happeneth
When Work and Will awake too late, to gaze
After their life sailed by, and hold their breath.
Ah! who shall dare to search through what sad maze
Thenceforth their incommunicable ways
Follow the desultory feet of Death?

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Chicago: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Known in Vain," The House of Life, ed. Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in The House of Life (New York: George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892), Original Sources, accessed April 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D27IIM8P6QFRRZM.

MLA: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. "Known in Vain." The House of Life, edited by Sutherland, Alexander, 1853-1902, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in The House of Life, New York, George E. Wood, ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, Original Sources. 20 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D27IIM8P6QFRRZM.

Harvard: Rossetti, DG, 'Known in Vain' in The House of Life, ed. and trans. . cited in ""Death-bed"" edition, 1892, The House of Life, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 20 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D27IIM8P6QFRRZM.