Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Sonnet (Rosenbach Library first corrected copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: fair copy manuscript with corrections
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Note: DGR left alternate readings in both line 11 and 12.
Manuscript Addition: 1
Editorial Description: DGR's numeration in the upper right corner
- A Sonnet is a moment's monument, —
- Memorial from thy soul's eternity
- To one dead deathless hour. Look that it be,
- Whether for lustral rite or dire portent,
- Of its own intricate fulness reverent:
- Carve it in ivory or ebony,
- As Day or Night may rule it; and decree
- Its every flower
impearled and orient.
- A sonnet is a coin, whose face reveals
10Thyself, and its reverse, to whom 'tis due : —
- Whether it guerdon Life's vociferous
- Or dower thy yoke
suit in Love's sworn retinue;
- Or, nigh that wharf where spirits
shed their sheath,
- In Charon's hand it pay the toll to Death.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: By permission of The Rosenbach Library