Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Sun's Shame I (corrected fair copy, U. of British Columbia)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869
Type of Manuscript: fair copy manuscript with some corrections.
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- Beholding youth and hope in mockery caught
- From life; and mocking pulses that remain
- When the soul's death of bodily death is fain;
unknown, and honour
- And sedulous penury's self-torturing thought
- On gold, whose master therewith buys his bane;
- And longed-for woman longing all in vain
- For lonely man with love's desire distraught;
& power, & pleasantness,
10 Given unto bodies of whose souls men say,
- None poor and weak, slavish and foul, as they:—
we I behold the sun confess
- At blushing morn and blushing eve the stress
- Of shame that loads the intolerable day.
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