Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Fiammetta (For a Picture) (Delaware fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1879
Type of Manuscript: draft manuscript
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Editorial Description: Hand-written numbers in the upper left corner.
- Behold Fiammetta, shown in Vision here.
- Gloom-girt 'mid spring-flushed apple-growth she stands
- And as she sways the branches with her hands,
- Along her arm the sundered bloom falls sheer,
- In separate petals shed, each like a tear;
- While from the quivering bough the bird expands
- His wings. And lo! thy spirit understands
- Life shaken & shower'd & flown, &
Death drawn near.
- All stirs with change. Her garments beat the air:
10The angel circling round her aureole
- Shimmers in flight against the tree's grey bole:
- While she, with reassuring eyes most fair,
- A presage and a promise stands; as 'twere
- On Death's dark storm the rainbow of the Soul.
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