WILLIAM MICHAEL ROSSETTI,
TO SO MANY OF WHICH, SO MANY YEARS BACK,
HE GAVE THE FIRST BROTHERLY HEARING,
ARE NOW AT LAST DEDICATED.
Printer's Direction: italics
Editorial Description: DGR's note in the right margin of the last paragraph, to indicate the poem's
title should be printed in italics.
‘MANY poems in this volume were written between
1853. Others are of recent date, and a few
belong to the intervening
period. It has been thought
unnecessary to specify the earlier work, as
included which the author believes to be immature.’
The above brief note was prefixed to these poems
when first published in
After several editions
They have now been for some time out of print.
The fiftysonnets of the
House of Life which first
appeared here are now embodied with the full series in
the volume entitled ‘Ballads and Sonnets.’
Deleted TextIt is not unlikely that some may be displeased at
addition thus made here late to the ballad of
‘Sister Helen’. The
writer's best excuse is the belief
that others will wonder with himself
how such a climax
failed to enter into the first conception.
The fragment of
The Bride's Prelude
, now first
printed, was written
Deleted Textearlier than almost anything in the
present volume. There may perhaps be readers not
unwilling to have
Added Textvery early, and takes its place here
with other work of the same date;
though its appearance
in an unfinished state needs some indulgence.