Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Transfigured Life (fair copy, Library of Congress): Rossetti Archive Document
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1873
Scribe: DGR

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Transfigured Life.
  • As growth of form or momentary glance
  • In a child's features will recall to mind
  • The father's with the mother's face combin'd,—
  • Sweet interchange that memories still enhance:
  • And yet, as childhood's years and youth's advance,
  • The gradual mouldings leave one stamp behind,
  • Till in the blended likeness now we find
  • A separate man's or woman's countenance:—
  • So in the Song, the Singer's Joy and Pain,
  • 10 Its very parents, evermore expand
  • To bid the passion's fullgrown birth remain,
  • By Art's transfiguring essence subtly spann'd;
  • And from that Song-cloud shaped as a man's hand
  • There comes the sound as of abundant rain.

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