Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Soul-Light (corrected holograph copy, Bancroft Collection)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: holograph pen and ink fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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Image of page [1] page: [1]
Manuscript Addition: (16)x
Editorial Description: Numeration in unknown hand
Manuscript Addition: (printed Soullight)
Editorial Description: Note in pencil next to title.


  • What other woman could be loved like you,
  • Or how of you should love possess his fill?
  • After the fulness of all rapture, still,—
  • As at the end of some deep avenue
  • A tender glamour of day,—there comes to view
  • Far in your eyes a yet more hungering thrill,—
  • Such fire as Love's soul-winnowing hands distil
  • Even from his inmost ark of light and dew.
  • And as the traveller triumphs in with the sun,
  • 10 Glorying in heat's mid-height, yet startide brings
  • Wonder new-born, and still fresh transport springs
  • From limpid lambent hours of day begun;—
  • Even so, within your arms, your soul doth move
  • My soul with changeful light of infinite love.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 13-1871.delms.rad.xml
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