Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Sin of Detection
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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Manuscript Addition: 14
Editorial Description: number added later at top center
Manuscript Addition: this side only
Editorial Description: WMR's note at the bottom of the page
Manuscript Addition: R
Editorial Description: letter written to the left of the title
Manuscript Addition: (10 m.)
Editorial Description: Notation at the lower right indicating it was written in ten minutes.
- She bowed her face among them all, as one
- By one they rose and went. A little scorn
- They showed—a very little. More forlorn
- She seemed because of that: she might have grown
- Proud else in her turn, and have so made known
- What she well knew—that the
- Kissed by the hot air freely all the morn,
- Is better than the weed which has its own
- Foul glut in secret. Both her white breasts heaved
10 Like heaving water with their weight of lace;
- And her long tresses, full of musk and myrrh,
- Were shaken from the braids her fingers weaved,
- So that they hid the shame in her pale face.
- Then I stept forth, and bowed addressing her.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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