HERE writ was the World's History by his hand
Whose steps knew all the earth; albeit his world
In these few piteous paces then was furl'd.
Here daily, hourly, have his proud feet spann'd
This smaller speck than the receding land
Had ever shown his ships; what time he hurl'd
Abroad o'er new-found regions spiced and pearl'd
His country's high dominion and command.
Here dwelt two spheres. The vast terrestrial zone
His spirit traversed; and that spirit was
Itself the zone celestial, round whose birth
The planets played within the zodiac's girth;
Till hence, through unjust death unfeared, did pass
His spirit to the only land unknown.
More verses by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
- La Ricordanza
- Sonnet Xliii: Love And Hope
- Sonnet Xxxix: Sleepless Dreams
- Sonnet Xxiii: Love's Baubles
- Sonnet Lxxxv: Vain Virtues