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
full Rossetti Archive record for this transcribed document is available.
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.
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.
- 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
abandoned hair doth flow,
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.
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