Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Inclusiveness (corrected holograph copy, Bancroft Collection)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869
Type of Manuscript: holograph pen and ink fair copy
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Manuscript Addition: (3)
Editorial Description: Number written in upper left corner on the manuscript.
Note: Corrected holograph copy. The variants for lines 13 and 14 appear at the foot
of the manuscript, separated by a line from the main text.
- The changing guests, each in a different mood,
- Sit at the roadside table and arise:
And every life among them
Are not their lives & my life in likewise
Each a soul's board set daily with new food?
- Say, hast thou bent o'er thy son's sleep, to brood
- How his face may watch thine where cold it lies?—
- Or pondered, when thy mother kissed thine eyes,
- Of what her kiss was when thy father wooed?
- May not this ancient room thou sit'st in dwell
10 Even now in separate souls for joy and pain?
- Nay, all its corners may be painted plain
- Where Heaven shows pictures of some life spent well;
- And may be stamped, a memory all in vain,
- Upon the sight of lidless eyes in Hell.
- And may be burned in lidless eyes in Hell
- The one thing seen where all things are in vain.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Digital images courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R.