Dead Love

Original Text: 
Poems and Drawings of Elizabeth Siddal, ed. Roger C. Lewis and Mark Samuels Lasner (Wolfville, N.S.: Wombat Press, 1978): 10. B-11 5641 Fisher Rare Books Library
1Oh never weep for love that's dead
2    Since love is seldom true
3But changes his fashion from blue to red,
4    From brightest red to blue,
5And love was born to an early death
6    And is so seldom true.
8    To win the deepest sigh.
9The fairest words on truest lips
10    Pass on and surely die,
11And you will stand alone, my dear,
12    When wintry winds draw nigh.
13Sweet, never weep for what cannot be,
14    For this God has not given.
15If the merest dream of love were true
16    Then, sweet, we should be in heaven,
17And this is only earth, my dear,
18    Where true love is not given.

Notes

7] bonny: "loving" (1899). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1899
Publication Notes: 
Ruskin: Rossetti: Preraphaelitism: Papers 1854 to 1862, ed. William Michael Rossetti (London: George Allen, 1899): 151-52.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2001
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