Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Sister Helen (fair copy fragment, lines 225-238, British Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1879 (circa)
Type of Manuscript: fair copy manuscript
Scribe: DGR

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  • Her sobs I hear her sobs with the wind's sobs wed
  • Sister Helen
  • And h Her clasped hands hide rise to stretch from her bending head
  • A head to hide till its grief lies dead: Pale hands crest where the bridal wreath sat red,
  • Little brother
  • O Mother Mary Mother
  • Next wreath for death between Hell and Heaven.
  • She may not speak, but she is nigh to swoon,
  • Sister Helen,
  • 10She lifts her lips & gasps on the moon
  • O might I but hear her soul's blithe tune
  • Little brother.
  • O Mother Mary Mother
  • A woman's wish prayer between Hell & Heaven
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 2-1851.blms1.rad.xml
Copyright: By permission of the British Library