Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The End of It (18th June 1815) (holograph fair copy, British Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1845
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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Note: Bookplate with standing female angel blowing trumpet and seated female
angel. Between the two figures is a flowing banner on which is inscribed
the owner's name. Below the figures and the ower's name is an inscribed poem.
- BOOKS BRING ME FRIENDS
- WHERE'ER ON EARTH I BE.
- SOLACE OF SOLITUDE—
- BONDS OF SOCIETY!
- His brows met, and his teeth were set,
- And his mouth seemed in pain,
- And madness closed and grappled with him
- As they turned his bridle-rein.
- And albeit his eyes went everywhere,
- Yet they saw not anything:
- And he drew the bit tightly, for he thought
- That his horse was stumbling.
- There was a great shouting about him
10And the weight of a great din:
- But what was the battle he had around
- To the battle he had within?
- A pond in motion to the stress of the ocean,
- A lamp to a furnace-eye,
- Or the wind's wild weeping-fits
- To the voice of Austerlitz
- When it shook upon the sky.
- Hark, hark, hark! through the spangled dark,
- To the left and to the right,
20Hark, hark, hark! how the muskets bark
- Like ban-dogs heard at night.
- While the trumpet, all day shrill for blood,
- Laughs with a cruel heave,
- Ringing out fame and ringing in shame,—
- A peal for a New Year's Eve.
turned stared right out, and he turned
- him about,
- And he knew that It must fall;
- He knew the trodden ground for its bier
- And the cannon-smoke for its pall.
30Spurring he gazed not back, but sped
- As speedeth the speedy wind
- When, bound as far as St. Helena,
- It leaves Waterloo behind.
18th June 1845
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: By permission of the British Library