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
Scribe: DGR

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Image of page [1] page: [1]
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 in ink

Venus Victrix

  • Could Juno's self more sovereign presence wear
  • Than thou, 'mid other ladies throned in grace?—
  • O Or Pallas, when thou bend'st thy 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?
  • Then l 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
Source File: 18-1871.delms.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection.