Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: On One Condition
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
Scribe: DGR

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33. On One Condition
  • I think I should not think upon her now:
  • But then I have stood with others in a ring listening
  • And watchd her rose-breath'd life while she did sing
  • And I can scarcely yet imagine how
  • I ever should define forget her holy stately brow
  • 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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