Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: A Change
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
Scribe: DGR

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39. A Change
  • I One would scarce ly think that we can be the same
  • Who used, in those old childish Junes, to creep
  • With held breath through the underwood, and leap
  • Outside into the sun. Since this word Fame mine aim
  • Was first heard by my soul Took my soul to itself, the joy which came
  • Into my eyes at once, sits hushed and deep;
  • And even the grief moans not, but falls asleep
  • And has ill dreams. For you—your very name
  • Seems altered to mine ears, and cannot send
  • 10 The heat into Heat to my cheeks, as in those very old
  • Gone Days when in which we lived indeed with a real life.
  • Yet why should we feel shame, my dear sweet friend?
  • Are they most honoured who without a scar
  • Pace forth, all trim and fresh, from the splashed strife?
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