The House of Life

Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Morrow’s Message

’Thou Ghost,’ I said, ’and is thy name To-day?—
Yesterday’s son, with such an abject brow!—
And can To-morrow be more pale than thou?’
While yet I spoke, the silence answered: ’Yea,
Henceforth our issue is all grieved and grey,
And each beforehand makes such poor avow
As of old leaves beneath the budding bough
Or night-drift that the sundawn shreds away.’

Then cried I: ’Mother of many malisons,
0 Earth, receive me to thy dusty bed!’
But therewithal the tremulous silence said:
’Lo! Love yet bids thy lady greet thee once:—
Yea, twice,- whereby thy life is still the sun’s;
And thrice, — whereby the shadow of death is dead.’


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Chicago: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "The Morrow’s Message," 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 December 6, 2023,

MLA: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. "The Morrow’s Message." 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. 6 Dec. 2023.

Harvard: Rossetti, DG, 'The Morrow’s Message' 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 6 December 2023, from