Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: On Certain Elizabethan Revivals
Date of Composition: 1870
Type of Manuscript: autograph fair copy
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Transcription Gap: pages 3r-4r, letter to Swinburne (letters not being transcribed at this time)
Manuscript Addition: W R / p. 27
Editorial Description: Small note in upper right corner
- O ruff-embastioned vast Elizabeth,
- Bush to these bushel-bellied casks of wine,
- Home-growth, 'tis true, but rank as turpentine,—
- What thought'st thou of such skittle-plays at death?
- Say, must we watch these brawlers' brandished lathe
- Or to their reeking wit our ears incline,
- Because all Castal flowed crystalline
- In gentle Shakspeare's modulated beath?
- What! must our drama with rat-pit vie,
10Nor the scene close while one is left to kill?
- Write thus, & be a poet! Hark, thou man
- Of blood, thou cannibalic Caliban,
- What shall be said to thee?—A poet?—Fie!
- “An honorable murderer, if you will.”
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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