Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Ballads and Sonnets (1881), proof Signature D (Delaware Museum, fragment of
the WMR proof copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of publication: 1881 April 13
Publisher: F. S. Ellis
Printer: Chiswick Press, C. Whittingham and Co.
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- She opened the packet heedfully;
- The blood was stiff, and it scarce might be.
- She found but a folded paper there,
- And round it, twined with tenderest care,
240A long bright tress of golden hair.
- Even as she looked, she saw again
- That dark-haired face in its swoon of pain:
- It seemed a snake with a golden sheath
- Crept near, as a slow flame flickereth,
- And stung her daughter's heart to death.
- She loosed the tress, but her hand did shake
- As though indeed she had touched a snake;
- And next she undid the paper's fold,
- But that too trembled in her hold,
250And the sense scarce grasped the tale it told.
Manuscript Addition: long or
e'er is I think the true
phrase—i.e. / long other than (before)
Editorial Description: WMR's marginal note to line 258, which induced DGR to make the
- “My heart's sweet lord,” ('twas thus
- “At length our love is garlanded.
“At Holy Cross, within eight days' space,
“I seek my shrift; and the time and place
“Shall fit thee too for thy soul's good grace.
- “From Holycleugh on the seventh day
“My brother rides, and bides away:
“And long or e
'er he is back, mine own,
“Afar where the face of fear's unknown
“We shall be safe with our love alone.
- “Ere yet at the shrine my knees I bow,
“I shear one tress for our holy vow.
“As round these words these threads I wind,
“So, eight days hence, shall our loves be twined,
“Says my lord's poor lady, Jocelind.”
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