Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: MacCracken (Parody on Tennyson's 'Kraken')
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1853
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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Manuscript Addition: 2
Editorial Description: Number added in front of the title by unknown person.
- Getting his pictures, like his supper, cheap,
- Far far away in Belfast by the sea,
- His watchful one-eyed uninvaded sleep
- Mac Cracken sleepeth. While the PRB
- Must keep the shady side, he walks a swell
- Through spungings of perennial growth & height:
- And far away in Belfast out of sight,
- By many an open do and secret sell,
- Fresh daubers he makes shift to scarify
10 And fleece with pliant shears the slumbering green.
- There he has
lied, though aged, and will lie,
- Fattening on ill got pictures in his sleep,
- Till some Præ-Raphael prove for him too deep.
- Then once by Hunt & Ruskin to be seen,
- Insolvent he shall turn & in the Queen's Bench die.
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