Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Soothsay (Princeton early fair copy manuscript)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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- Let no man ask you of anything
- Not yearborn between Spring & Spring.
- More of all worlds than he can know
- Each day the single sun doth show:
- A trustier gloss than you can give
- From all wise scrolls demonstrative,
- The sea doth sigh and the wind sing.
- Let no lord awe you on any height
- Of earthly kingship's mouldering might.
10The dust his heel holds meet for your brow
- Has all of it been what both are now:
- And he and you may plague together
- A beggar's eyes in some dusty weather
- When none that is now knows sound or sight.
- Let no priest tell you of any home
- Unseen above the sky's blue dome.
- To have played in childhood by the sea,
- Or to have been young in Italy,
- Or anywhere in the sun or rain
- To have loved and been beloved again,
- Is nearer Heaven than he can come.
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