Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Moonstar (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: XXIX
Editorial Description: Number added in upper right in unknown hand, giving 1881 sequence number.
- Lady, I thank thee for thy loveliness,
- Because my lady is more lovely still.
To all thou art
Glorying I gaze, & yield with glad goodwill
To thee thy tribute;
by whose sweet-spun dress
- Of delicate life Love labours to assess
- My lady's absolute queendom; saying, “Lo!
- How high this beauty is, which yet doth show
- But as that beauty's sovereign votaress.”
- Lady, I saw thee with her, side by side;
10 And as, when night's fair fires their queen surround,
- An emulous star too near the moon
- Even so thy rays within her luminous bound
- Were traced no more; and by the light so drowned,
- Lady, not thou but she was glorified.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Digital images courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R.