Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: A Long Road, but with an End
Author: William Michael Rossetti
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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- He told me
that/all that his love had never won
- A smile from her,
nor even a kind look;
if his spirit
ought to brook
- Such scorning after all that he had done.
- I said: “Look at the sky before the sun
- With his great glory has put to rebuke
- The stars and moon; before the clouds that shook
- Duskiness down upon the earth
Think on this well
This will not last; and even as
they/we they do
sunbeams frighten them, believe me, will
Thy rivals for whom now thy timid
The doubts because of which your better thought
- Is beaten
down and backward
now; surely some new
- Knowledge of
your long patience will o'erfill
- Her heart
'tis one that must be loved,—not bought.
one day & all the past be nought.
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