Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Venus Victrix (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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Printer's Direction: x / (19)v
Editorial Description: Ink notations in upper right corner
Printer's Direction: No. 2
Editorial Description: Faint pencil notation in upper right corner overwritten by the other notations
- Could Juno's self more sovereign presence wear
- Than thou, 'mid other ladies throned in grace?—
Or Pallas, when thou bend'st
with soul-stilled face
- O'er poet's page gold-shadowed in thy hair?
- Dost thou than Venus seem less heavenly fair
- When o'er the sea of loves tumultuous trance
- Hovers thy smile, and mingles with thy glance
- That sweet voice like the last wave murmuring there?
- Before such triune loveliness divine
10 Awestruck I ask, which goddess here most claims
- The prize that, howsoe'er adjudged, is thine?
Love breathes low the sweetest of thy names;
- And Venus Victrix to my heart doth bring
- Herself, the Helen of her guerdoning.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Digital images courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R.