Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: True Woman. III.
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: draft copy
Scribe: DGR

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Note: Across the top of the page DGR has written a string of possible rhyme words.
throng hung song wrung strung young among
  • If to grow old in Heaven is to grow young
  • (As the Seer saw & said,) then blest were he
  • With youth for evermore surely whose heaven should be
  • Should live—with her whom A True Woman, her whom these weak notes have sung.
  • Here & hereafter,— ? choir-strains of her tongue,—
  • The heavenly things that in her eyes have place—
  • Those breaks of sky light in the twilight face—
  • Were Paradise all uttermost spheres worlds among.
  • The sunrise blooms & withers on the hill
  • 10 Like any hillflower; & the noblest troth
  • Dies here to dust. Yet may shall Heaven's promise clothe
  • Even yet those lovers who have treasured still
  • This test for love;—in every kiss sealed fast
  • To feel the first kiss & forbode the last.
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