Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Equal Troth
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: draft
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- Not by one measure mayst thou mete our love;
- For how should I be loved as I love thee?—
graceless, joyless, lacking absolutely
queenship best behove;—
- Thou, throned in every heart's elect alcove,
- And crowned with
every garland fair to see
garlands culled from every tree,
- Which for no head but thine, by Love's decree,
- All beauties & all mysteries interwove.
- But here
thine eyes and
lips yield soft rebuke,—
Then only,” (say'st thou) “could I love
When thou couldst doubt my love's equality.”
- Peace, sweet! If not to sum but worth we look,—
love's pure heaven/heart's descending/love's high
heart's transcendence, not my
- Then more a thousandfold thou lov'st than I.
Manuscript Addition: The apple tree's in the wood
Editorial Description: DGR copies line 8/15 in the upper right corner.
- Lancelot lay beside the well:
God's Graal is good.)
- Oh my soul is sad to tell
- The weary quest and the bitter quell;
- For he was the lord of lordlihood,
- And sleep on his eyelids fell.
- Lancelot lay before the shrine:
The apple-tree's in the wood.)
- There was set Christ's very sign,
10The bread unknown and the unknown wine
- That the soul's life for a livelihood
- Craves from his wheat & vine.
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