Mater Pulchrae Delectionis (fair copy fragment, Duke U. Library)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Mater Pulchrae Delectionis
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1847
Type of Manuscript: fair copy MS
Scribe: DGR


Current Location: Duke University Library

Physical Description

Other Physical Features: lined sheet, 6 3/8 x 8 1/8 inches


  • Baum, Manuscripts in the Duke University Library, 26-33.

Scholarly Commentary


This is an early fragmentary fair copy of the poem. Though now a loose sheet, it was originally part of a notebook. Later, when DGR was putting together works to be included in his 1870 Poems , he revised the poem drastically into a new work titled “Ave”.

Printing History

This poem was not printed until WMR included it in the Notes section of his collected 1911 edition (pages 661-662).

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 2-1847.duke.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images used with permission of the Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.