Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Raleigh's Cell in the Tower (Schott fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1881
Type of Manuscript: draft manuscript
Scribe: John Schott

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Manuscript Addition: Copy made by John Bernard Schott
Editorial Description: Note along right hand margin, in Schott's hand
  • Here writ was the world's history by his hand
  • Whose steps knew all the earth; albeit his world
  • In these few piteous cubits then was furl'd.
  • Here daily, hourly, have his proud feet spanned
  • This smaller speck than the receding land
  • Had ever shown his ships; what time he hurled
  • Abroad oer new-found regions spiced & pearled
  • His countrys high dominion & command
  • Here dwelt two spheres, the vast terrestrial zone
  • 10His spirit traversed, & that spirit was
  • Itself the zone celestial, round whose birth
  • The planets played within the zodiacs girth
  • Till, through an unjust death unfeared, did pass
  • That spirit to the only land unknown.
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