Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Heart's Hope (corrected holograph copy, Bancroft Collection)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: holograph pen and ink fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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Image of page [1] page: [1]
Printer's Direction: to come first in the series
Editorial Description: DGR's note on the placement of the sonnet
Manuscript Addition: V / Youth and Change
Editorial Description: Notation by unknown hand identifying the sonnet
Note: The alternative readings for lines 12-13 are written by DGR at the foot of the page.
Heart's Hope (H of L)
  • By what word's power, the key to paths untrod,
  • Shall I the difficult deeps of thought pass o'er Love explore,
  • And Till parted waves of song yield up the shore
  • Even as that sea which Israel crossed dryshod?
  • For lo! in some poor rhythmic period,
  • Lady, I fain would tell how evermore
  • Thy soul I know not from thy body, nor
  • Thee from myself, neither our love from God.
  • Yea, in God's name, and Love's, and thine, would I
  • 10 Draw from one loving heart such evidence
  • As to all hearts all things shall signify;
  • Tender as dawn's first foot-fire first hill-fire, and intense
  • Like fires by dawn restored, we know not whence,
  • As instantaneous penetrating sense,
  • Or etc etc ——
  • In Spring's first hour birth-hour, of other Springs gone by.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 2-1871.delms.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection.