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
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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
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
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