Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Height in Depth
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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- 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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