Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: A Prayer (corrected fair copy, partial manuscript)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1846
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy, partial manuscript
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- Lady, in thy proud eyes
- There is a weary look,
- As if the spirit
we know through them
- Frightened itself and shook
Were daunted with rebuke
- To think that
henceforth the heart of man
- Is read like a read book.
- Lady, in thy lifted face
- The solitude is sore;
- The true solitude follows the crowd.
10 Will it be less or more
- When the words have been spoken to thee
- Which my thought is seeking for.
- Lady, canst thou not guess
- The words which my thoughts seek?
- Perhaps thou deem'st them well to spurn
- And better not to speak.
- Oh! thou
must know my love is strong,
- Hearing my voice so weak!
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