Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Life and Works of William Blake (MS fragment)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: corrected copy manuscript
Scribe: DGR

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Image of page [1] page: [1]
Printer's Direction: follow each other
Editorial Description: DGR's note in left margin to indicate the placement of the stanzas.
  • O lapwing thou fliest around the heath
  • Nor seest the net that is spread beneath
  • Why dost thou not fly among the corn fields?
  • They cannot spread nets where a harvest yields.
  • Love to faults is always blind,
  • Always is to joy inclin'd,
  • Lawless winged & unconfined,
  • And breaks all chains from every mind.

  • There souls of men are bought & sold
  • And milk-fed infancy for gold
  • And youth s to slaughter houses led
  • And maidens beauty for a bit of bread.
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Source File: 2p-1863.delms2.rad.xml