Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: On Certain Elizabethan Revivals
Author: DGR
Date of Composition: 1870
Type of Manuscript: autograph fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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Transcription Gap: pages 3r-4r, letter to Swinburne (letters not being transcribed at this time)
Image of page 4v page: 4v
Manuscript Addition: W R / p. 27
Editorial Description: Small note in upper right corner
On certain Elizabethan “Revivals.”
  • 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.”

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