Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Steel's Temper that is Cold
Author: William Michael Rossetti
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
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- Her glances rested on me with a show
- Of kindness and complacence, but too cool
- And compassed; 'twas as if the the line and rule
- Had marked: “Thus far, no farther shalt thou
- A feeling came on me
that once was
some little woe
more of pity; for I felt how dull
- And hollow are the precepts of that school
gibbets love and hate and makes a row
- Of poor half-passions virtue.
In her laugh
(A laugh how forced) she asked me then for
There was an aching jingle; & for whom
Those sweet flowers were she saw within my
This laugh was meant she herself knew not; hand
She knew it! that laugh was the
? crossed with hand: an
Of all my passion:—there within its
Her smooth words seemed writ on the whited tomb
It lies which falseness made and falseness
We wot of: & her love was mapped and planned.
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