Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Height in Depth
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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21. Heighth in Depth.

  • He turned his face about, and gave a sigh
  • And a strange whimper—such a pitiful thing
  • As haunteth one for days. “Yes, Love can bring
  • Unto a pass so low that it seems high:
  • And when we see a brave and strong man cry
  • With a poor infant's feeble sorrowing,
  • It is much nobler than when he doth wing
  • Shafts of small angers and small prides,” thought I.
  • There is a Love so deaf that it can hear
  • 10 Not even its own voice which bids it seek
  • A name for its own meanness: it would find
  • That mean name else. But thus, it is a sheer
  • Humility—an earnestness so meek
  • That your knees bow and sharp tears make you blind.

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