The House of Life

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Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Hero’s Lamp*

That lamp thou fill’st in Eros name to-night,
0 Hero, shall the Sestian augurs take
To-morrow, and for drowned Leander’s sake
To Anteros its fireless lip shall plight.
Aye, waft the unspoken vow: yet dawn’s first light
On ebbing storm and life twice ebb’d must break;
While ’neath no sunrise, by the Avernian Lake,
Lo where Love walks, Death’s pallid neophyte.

That lamp within Anteros’ shadowy shrine
Shall stand unlit (for so the gods decree)
Till some one man the happy issue see
Of a life’s love, and bid its flame to shine:
Which still may rest unfir’d; for, theirs or thine,
0 brother, what brought love to them or thee?

*After the deaths of Leander and Hero, the signal-lamp was dedicated to
Anteros, witIl the edict that no man should light it unless his love had proved fortunate.

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Chicago: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Hero’s Lamp*," 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=D368SIKDTRJLNGZ.

MLA: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. "Hero’s Lamp*." 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=D368SIKDTRJLNGZ.

Harvard: Rossetti, DG, 'Hero’s Lamp*' 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=D368SIKDTRJLNGZ.