Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: To Philip Bourke Marston (fair copy, Library of Congress): Rossetti Archive
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1878 October
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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- Sweet Poet, thou of whom these years that roll
- Must one day yet the burdened birthright learn,
- And by the darkness of thine eyes discern
- How piercing was the sight within thy Soul;—
- Gifted apart, thou goest to the great goal,
- A cloud-bound radiant spirit, strong to earn,
- Light-reft, that prize for which fond myriads yearn
- Vainly light-blest,— the Seër's aureole.
- And doth thine ear, divinely dower'd to catch
10 All spheral sounds in thy Song blent so well,
- Still hearken for my voice's slumbering spell
- With wistful love? Ah! let the Muse now snatch
- My wreath for thy young brows, and bend to watch
- Thy veiled transfiguring sense's miracle.
D.G. Rossetti. Oct. 1878
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