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THE VOICE OF D.G.R., by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: From this carved chair wherein I sit to-night
Last Line: Murmurs with waves, and sings beneath the wind.
Subject(s): Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (1828-1882)


FROM this carved chair wherein I sit to-night,
The dead man read in accents deep and strong,
Through lips that were like Chaucer's, his great song
About the Beryl and its virgin light;
And still that music lives in death's despite,
And though my pilgrimage on earth be long,
Time cannot do my memory so much wrong
As e'er to make that gracious voice take flight.
I sit here with closed eyes; the sound comes back,
With youth, and hope, and glory on its track,
A solemn organ-music of the mind;
So, when the oracular moon brings back the tide,
After long drought, the sandy channel wide
Murmurs with waves, and sings beneath the wind.





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