Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: The Church Porches. II. (To C. G. R.)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869
Type of Manuscript: letter
Scribe: William Bell Scott

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Manuscript Addition: DGR at Newcastle—1853
Editorial Description: Scott's note at the top right of the manuscript
The Church Porches. 2

(To C.G.R)
  • Sister, arise: we have no more to sing
  • Or say. The priest abideth as is meet
  • To minister. Rise up out of thy seat,
  • Though peradventure 'tis an irksome thing
  • To cross again the threshold of our King,
  • Where his doors stand against the evil street,
  • And let each step increase upon our feet
  • The dust we shook from them at entering.
  • Must we of very sooth go home, the air
  • 10 Whose heat outside makes mist that can be seen,
  • Is very clear and cool where we have been.
  • The priest abideth ministering. Lo!
  • As he for service, why not we for prayer?
  • It is so bidden, sister, let us go.
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