Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Her Gifts (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: XXXI / Youth & Change
Editorial Description: Notation in unknown hand
Note: The last two letters of "more" and the period are obscured.
- High grace, the dower of queens; and therewithal
- Some wood-born wonder's sweet simplicity;
- A glance like water brimming with the sky
- Or hyacinth-light where forest-shadows fall;
- Such thrilling pallor of cheek as doth enthral
- The heart; a mouth whose passionate forms imply
- All music and all silence held thereby;
- Deep locks, the brow's embowering coronal;
- A round reared neck, meet column of Love's shrine
10 To cling to when the heart takes sanctuary;
- Hands which for ever at
Love's bidding be,
- And soft-stirred feet still answering to his sign:—
- These are her gifts, as tongue may tell them o'er.
- Breathe low her name, my soul; for that saith more.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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