Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: To Mary in Summer
Author: DGR
Date of Composition: 1847
Type of Manuscript: fair copy holograph
Scribe: DGR

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To Mary, in summer.

  • Lay thine head here, Mary,
  • Lay thine head here,
  • While the long grass, Mary,
  • With timid voice and wary,
  • Sings in thine ear: —
  • The grass which round thee, Mary,
  • Shuts like a nest;
  • By thy dear limbs, dear Mary,
  • Lighter than limbs of Faëry,
  • 10Daintily prest.
  • Back with it all though, Mary,
  • Back and aside;
  • For the wind comes this way, Mary,
  • And the tossing trees are airy
  • And the skies are wide.
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  • Why so grave, Mary,
  • Bashful and grave?—
  • When God's strong Summer, Mary,
  • To doubt and gloom contrary,
  • Leaps and is brave.
  • What fear is in thine eyes, Mary,
  • Tender and soft?
  • I love to see them, Mary,
  • In whimsical vagary
  • 20Lifted aloft.
  • Mary, Mary, Mary,
  • Laugh in my face:
  • Meseemeth, my own Mary,
  • No eyes can laugh so rarely
  • In any place.
  • Reach me thine hand, Mary,
  • Reach me thine hand;
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  • In town and plain and prairie
  • There is none whiter, Mary,
  • From land to land.
  • Thy lips to my lips, Mary,
  • Thy lips to mine:
  • High up in Hebe's dairy
  • No milk so sweet, my Mary,
  • 40On earth no wine.
  • White thy cheek waxeth, Mary,
  • And red, by turns.
  • Why should the lips be chary
  • Of that to give which, Mary,
  • The heart so yearns?
  • Deem thou no shame, my Mary,
  • Deem thou no wrong;
  • 'Tis the sun warms us, Mary,
  • And love is hard to weary
  • When the days are long.
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Manuscript Addition: End of a juvenile poem on / Napoleon at Waterloo
Editorial Description: WMR's note to the poetic fragment at the bottom of the manuscript.
Manuscript Addition: [See Ashley / Library / Catalogue / Vol. IV, p. 109]
Editorial Description: Notation in unknown hand.
  • Hark, hark, hark! through the spangled dark,
  • To the left and to the right,
  • 20Hark, hark, hark! how the muskets bark
  • Like watchdogs heard at night:
  • While the trumpet shakes the battle-music down
  • And laughs with a deathly heave,
  • Ringing out fame and ringing in shame,
  • Like the bells on New Year's Eve.
  • He stared right out, and he turned him about,
  • And he knew that It must fall—
  • He knew the trodden ground for its bier
  • And the cannon-smoke for its pall.
  • 30Spurring, he looked not back; but sped
  • As speedeth the speedy wind
  • When, bound as far as St. Helena,
  • It leaves Waterloo behind.

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