Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Soul's Beauty (Sibylla Palmifera) (fair copy manuscript, Delaware Art Museum)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1867
Type of Manuscript: holograph pen and ink fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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Sibylla Palmifera
  • Under the arch of life, where Love and death,
  • Terror and mystery, guard her shrine, I saw
  • Beauty enthroned; and though her gaze struck awe,
  • I drew it in as simply as my breath.
  • Hers are the eyes which, over and beneath,
  • The sky and sea bend on thee,—which can draw,
  • Through sea or sky or woman, to one law;
  • The allotted bondman of her palm and wreath.
  • This is that Lady Beauty; in whose praise
  • 10Thy voice and hand shake still,—long known to thee
  • By flying hair and fluttering hem,—the beat
  • Following her daily of thy heart and feet,
  • How passionately and irretrievably,
  • In what fond flight, how many ways and days!
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 1-1867.delms.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection.