Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The English Revolution of 1848
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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Note: Bookplate with standing female angel blowing trumpet and seated female
angel. Between the two figures is a flowing banner on which is inscribed
the owner's name. Below the figures and the ower's name is an inscribed poem.
- BOOKS BRING ME FRIENDS
- WHERE'ER ON EARTH I BE.
- SOLACE OF SOLITUDE-
- BONDS OF SOCIETY!
“Some unprincipled persons endeavour to impose upon the
by such phrases as “It's all one,” “It's
the same concern,” &c”
- Ho ye that nothing have to lose! ho rouse ye, one & all!
- Come from the sinks of the New Cut,— the purlieus of Vauxhall!
- Did ye not hear the mighty sound boom by ye as it went?
- The Seven Dials strike the hour of man's enfranchisement.
- Ho! cock your eyes, my gallant pals, and swing your heavy staves:
- Remember—Kings and Queens being out, the great cards will be knaves.
- And when the pack is ours,—oh then, at what a slapping pace
- Shall the tens be trodden down to five, and the fives kicked
down to ace!
- It was but yesterday the Times and Post and Telegraph
10Told how from France King Louy—Phil was shaken out like chaff:
- To-morrow, boys, the National, the Siècle, and the Débats,
- Shall have to tell the self-same tale of “La Reine Victoria.”
- What! shall our Incomes we've not got be taxed by puny John?
- Shall the policeman keep Time back by bidding us move on?
- Shall we too follow in the steps of that poor sneak Cochrane?
- Shall it be said, “They came, they saw,—and
bolted back again”?
- Not so! Albeit great men have been among us, and are floor'd,—
- (Frost, Williams, Jones, and other ones who now reside abroad)—
- Among the master-spirits of the age there still are those
20Who'll pick up fame—even though, when smelt, it
makes men hold the
- What ho there! clear the way! make room for him, the
“fly” and wise,
- Who wrote in mystic grammar about London's “Mysteries,”—
- For him who takes a proud delight to wallow in our kennels,—
- For Mr. A. B. C. D. E. F. G. M. W. Reynolds!
- Come hoist him up! his pockets will afford convenient hold
- To grab him by: and, if inside there silver is or gold,
- And it should be found sticking to our hands when they're drawn out,—
- Why, 'twere a chance not fair to say ill-natured things about.
- Silence! Hear hear! He says that we're the sovereign people, we!
30And now? And now he states the fact that one and one make three!
- Now he makes casual mention of a certain Miscellany!
- He says that he's the Editor! He says it costs a penny!
- O thou great Spirit of the World! shall not the lofty things
- He saith be borne unto all Time for noble lessonings?
- Shall not our sons tell to their sons what we could do and dare
- In this the great year Forty-eight, and in Trafalgar-Square?
- Swathed in foul wood, yon column stood 'mid London's thousand marts;
- And at their wine, Committee-men grinned as they drank “The Arts.”
- But our good flint-stones have bowled down each poster-hidden board,
40And from their hoarded malice our strong hands have stript the hoard.
- Yon column is a prouder thing than Cæsar's triumph-arch!
- It shall be called “The Column of the Glorious Days of March!”
- And stone-masons' apprentices shall grow rich men therewith,—
- By contract chiselling the names of Jones, and Brown, and Smith.
- Upon what point of London, say, shall our next vengeance burst?
- Shall the Exchange or Parliament be immolated first?
- Which of the Squares shall we burn down?—which of the Palaces?
The speaker is nailed by a policeman.)
- Oh please Sir don't! It isn't me. It's him. Oh don't Sir please!
By G.C.D.R. March 1848
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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