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
Scribe: DGR

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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.
My Lady's Gifts. (H. of L.)
  • 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 his 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.

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Source File: 16-1871.delms.rad.xml
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