Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: On Certain Elizabethan Revivals (Folger Library Manuscript)
Date of Composition: 1870
Type of Manuscript: autograph fair copy with corrections
full Rossetti Archive record for this transcribed document is available.
Manuscript Addition: This unpublished sonnet by Dante Gabriel Rossetti / (& in his handwriting)
was given to Mr Hall Caine / for his “Sonnets of Three Centuries”, but was afterwards /
withdrawn, from its being out of harmony with the body of / the author's work.
- 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
What would we with such skittle-plays at death?
- Say, must we watch these brawlers' brandished lathe
- Or to their reeking wit our ears incline,
- Because all Castaly flowed crystalline
- In gentle Shakspeare's modulated beath?
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