Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Supreme Surrender (corrected fair copy manuscript, British Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869 September?
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy

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Note: The name Rossetti is written at the upper left corner. There is a stamp from the British Museum's Ashley Manuscript collection along the left hand margin.
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Note: There is an embossed stamp at the top of the page. In the center of the paper, the collection and catalogue reference numbers are typed and written: ASHLEY A. 1403 / CATALOGUE Vol. IV p. 127.
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Love's Surrender
  • To all the spirits of love that wander by
  • Along the love-sown pasture-fields of sleep
  • My lady lies apparent; and the deep
  • Calls to the deep; and no man sees but I.
  • The bliss so long afar, at length so nigh,
  • Rests there disused. Methinks proud Love must weep
  • When Fate's one day doth from his harvest reap
  • The sacred hour for which the years did sigh.
  • First touched, the hand now warm beneath my neck
  • 10 Taught memory long to mock desire: and lo!
  • Across my breast the entangled abandoned hair doth flow,
  • Where neath Neath whose / Twined with one tress so long my heart did ache:
  • And with the limbs that trembled for their sake
  • Lie the queen-limbs in sovereign overthrow.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 2-1870.blms.rad.xml
Copyright: Reproduced with permission of the British Library.