The House of Life

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Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Transfigured Life

As growth of form or momentary glance
In a child’s features will recall to mind
The father’s with the mother’s face combin’d,—
Sweet interchange that memories still enhance:
And yet, as childhood’s years and youth’s advance,
The gradual mouldings leave one stamp behind,
Till in the blended likeness now we find
A separate man’s or woman’s countenance:—

So in the Song, the singer’s Joy and Pain,
Its very parents, evermore expand
To bid the passion’s fullgrown birth remain,
By Art’s transfiguring essence subtly spann’d;
And from that song-cloud shaped as a man’s hand
There comes the sound as of abundant rain.

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Chicago: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Transfigured Life," 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 July 1, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=AKQYAEM78N2I9MH.

MLA: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. "Transfigured Life." 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. 1 Jul. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=AKQYAEM78N2I9MH.

Harvard: Rossetti, DG, 'Transfigured Life' 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 1 July 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=AKQYAEM78N2I9MH.