Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: One of Time's Riddles
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
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Manuscript Addition: (10 m.)
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- In her deep bosom the pride settled down—
- That pride which is a brackish thing like salt;
- And the life in her pulses seemed to halt.
- About her temples, for an iron crown
- She set stern Patience. She did never frown,
- But her long gaze was gentle to a fault;
- And looking deep into her eyes, you had call'd
- Their lustre nothing but a mild clear brown.
- She lives, and moves, and is a mystery.
10 That which she hath been, the thought cannot touch;
- Only beholding what she is, it hath
- Glimpses of something she is yet to be;
- And at the least, it knows of her thus much:—
- She bides her season with a solemn faith.
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