Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Supreme Surrender (first 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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Sovereign Service
Note: The variant of line 14 is at the bottom of the page.

  • To all the spirits of rest love that wander by
  • Across the love-sown bridal harvest-field [?] - lands of 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 brought nigh,
  • Lay there disused. Methought proud Love must weep
  • Added TextWhen in his jealous harvest [?] doth reap
  • That by Fate's will he ever should make cheap
  • The sacred hour for which the years did sigh.
  • With the first touch of this warmed hand (I said,)
  • With this hands touch, now warm beneath my neck,
  • 10 How long did memory mock desire: and lo!
  • Across my breast the abundant hair doth flow,
  • Where one shorn poor tress so long was treasurèd long held the heart in check.
  • Of gifts all hers the great last gift is she!
  • O Love,—this service and this sovereignty!

  • Whose service rears the her throne of sovereignty

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