Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: On One Condition
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
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Manuscript Addition: 4
Editorial Description: Notation above the title
Manuscript Addition: 76
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- I think I should not think upon her now:
- But then I have stood with others
in a ring
- And watchd her rose-breath'd life while she did sing
- And I can scarcely yet imagine how
- I ever should
- Or her sloped breast that was so grand a thing.
- There is a deal of weary blood-running
- When from the heart one strives to tear a vow.
- And yet perhaps—even as you tell me—soon
10 Her spirit of my spirit will leave hold
- And when I hear her tread I shall not blush
- Doubly, for love and shame. But then the moon
- Will certainly be up, and Death will fold
- Her hair round me, and God will whisper Hush.
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