Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Supreme Surrender (corrected draft, Princeton/Troxell collection)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869 (September or early October)
Type of Manuscript: corrected draft
Scribe: DGR

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Manuscript Addition: D. G. Rossetti
Editorial Description: non-autograph pencil signature (upper left)
Manuscript Addition: Supreme Surrounder
Editorial Description: Written at the top right.
Sovereign Service
  • To all the spirits of Love that wander by
  • Across the opened heaven of nuptial sleep
  • My lady lay apparent; and the deep
  • Called to the deep; and no man saw but I
  • The bliss so long afar at length so nigh
  • There lay disused. Methought proud Love must weep
  • That by Fate's will he ever should make cheap
  • The sacred hour for which the years did sigh.
  • Added Textthis same hand hands touch now warmed beneath my neck
  • With the first touch of this warmed hand, (I said,)
  • 10 How long did memory mock desire! And lo!
  • Across my breast the abundant tresses hair doth flow
  • was treasured for her sake
  • Where one poor curl so long was treasured –
  • H iers I was made, and mine she too can be!
  • O Love, this service and this sovereignty!

Added Text
  • Where one poor shorn tress long held the heart
  • in check.
  • Where but one curl in hearts poor
  • shrine might deck
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