Rose Mary (corrected holograph fragment, Bancroft Collection)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: Rose Mary
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1871; 1879
Type of Manuscript: holograph corrected copy
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Delaware Art Museum, Bancroft Collection
Catalog Number: Box 22

Scholarly Commentary


These pages contain three distinct parts of the ballad. The first two pages represent what Paull Baum has described as “several experiments in different meters” with the ballad “Rose Mary” that DGR was beginning to work up in the summer of 1871. They are followed by two pages containing the earliest known text of the poem's opening. These pages are closely related to the fragment of the poem that is housed in the Fitzwilliam Museum's bound volume of Poems and Sonnets manuscripts. The Delaware pages immediately precede the latter in the composition sequence. Finally, the last page here is a fair copy, with some corrections, of the third Beryl Song.

Textual History: Composition

The first two parts of the manuscript were written in 1871; the Beryl Song belongs to 1879.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 29-1871.delms.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection.