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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
Scribe: DGR

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24. The Steel's Temper that is cold.
  • 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 go.”
  • A feeling came on me that once was some little woe
  • But now was more of pity; for I felt how dull
  • And hollow are the precepts of that school
  • Which exiles gibbets love and hate and makes a row
  • Of poor half-passions virtue. With a In her laugh
  • 10 (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 Was calmly ? crossed with hand: an epitaph
  • 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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