Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Soul's Sphere (Delaware draft manuscript)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1873
Type of Manuscript: draft manuscript
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Manuscript Addition: X
Editorial Description: DGR's mark in left margin beside line 5, signaling the alternate reading of
the line scripted at the end of the sonnet, at the bottom of the page.
Manuscript Addition: Sonnet LXII
Editorial Description: Notation (probably by DGR) of the 1881 “House of Life” sonnet number in the
upper right corner.
- Some prisoned moon in steep cloud-fastnesses,—
- Throned queen and thralled; some dying sun whose pyre
- Blazed with momentous memorable fire;—
- Who hath not yearned & fed his heart with these?
- Who, sleepless, hath not
anguished to appease
- Tragical shadow's realm
of sound & sight
- Conjectured in the lamentable night?
- Lo! The soul's sphere of infinite images.
- What sense shall count them? Whether it forecast
mothrose-winged hours that flutter in the
- Of Love's unquestioning unrevealèd span,—
- Visions of golden futures
: or that last
- Wild pageant of the accumulated past
- That clangs & flashes for a drowning man.
- Who, dreaming sleepless, hath not toiled to appease
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