Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Heart's Compass
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: draft manuscript
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Note: The appearance of the title suggests a three-stage revision. DGR originally
composed the title as “Beauty's Compass.” He then struck
out “Beauty's” and wrote “Love's”
above as a replacement. He next thought to change
“Compass” to “Sonnet”, going so far
as to write in the latter above the former. Finally, he decided to keep
“Compass” and struck out “Sonnet”.
Manuscript Addition: 42
Editorial Description: Numbering in upper right hand corner, not by DGR
thou seems't not as
- But as the meaning of all things that are;
- A breathless wonder, shadowing forth afar
- Some heavenly solstice hushed & halcyon;
unstirred lips are music's visible
- Whose eyes the
sun-gate of the soul unbar,
its furthest fires oracular;—
- The evident heart of all
life sown & mown.
Is Love not these
Even such love is; and is not thy name Love?
10Yea, by thy hand the Love-god rends apart
- All gathering clouds of
Night's ambiguous art;
- Flings them far down, & sets thine eyes above;
- And simply, as some gage of flower or glove,
- Stakes with a smile the world against thy heart.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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