Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: True Woman. I. Herself
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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True Woman
  • To be a sweetness more desired than Spring;
  • A bodily beauty more acceptable
  • Than the wild rose-tree's arch es above that crowns the fell;
  • To be an essence more environing
  • Than wine's quaffed juice; a strain more ravishing
  • Than the impassionate pulse of Philomel;—
  • To be all this 'neath one soft bosom's swell
  • That is the flower of life:—how strange a thing!
  • How strange a thing to be what m Man can know
  • 10 But as a sacred secret! Heaven's own screen
  • Hides her soul's purest depth & loveliest glow;
  • Closely withheld, as all things most unseen,—
  • The wave-bowered pearl,—the Springtime's heart-shaped seal of green
  • That flecks the snowdrop underneath the snow.
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