Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: After the German Subjugation of France (Duke University corrected fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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After the German Subjugation of France

  • Lo, the twelfth year;—the wedding-feast come round
  • With years for months!—and lo, the babe new born!
  • Out of the womb's rank furnace cast forlorn
  • And with contagious effluence seamed & crowned.
  • Lo To hail this birth what fiery tongues surround
  • Hell's Pentecost; what clamour of all cries,
  • That swell, from Absalom's scoff to Shimei's
  • T One scornful gamut of tumultuous sound?
  • For lo! now the harlot's heart on a new sleeve
  • 10 Is prankt; and her heart's lord of yesterday
  • eyes that yet shall grieve
  • Spurned from her bed, whose purple gauds o'erlay
  • This hour exult to watch his babe at play
  • Such fretwork as the busy worm can weave
  • Takes in his ears the vanished world's last yell,
  • And in his flesh the shutting teeth of Hell.

  • Added Textwhose worm-spun silks o'erlay
  • Added TextSuch fretwork as that other worm can weave
Manuscript Addition: Lots
Editorial Description: Written on the left lower corner perpendicular to the poem's text.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 30-1871.dukems.rad.xml
Copyright: By permission of the Special Collections Library, Duke University