Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: La Bella Mano (Princeton fair copies)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1875
Type of Manuscript: fair copies
Scribe: DGR

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La Bella Mano
  • O Bella Mano, che ti lavi e piaci
  • In quel medesmo tuo puro elemento
  • Donde la Dea dell' amoroso avvento
  • Nacque, e dall' onda s'infuocar le faci
  • Di mille inispegnabili fornaci:—
  • Come a Venere a te l'oro e l'argento
  • Offron gli Amori; e ognun riguarda attento
  • Quel labbro, sponda, ahime! di voce e baci.
  • Con dolce modo dove onor t'invii
  • 10 Vattene adorna, e porta insiem fra tante
  • Di Venere e di vergine sembiante;
  • Umilemente in luoghi onesti e pii
  • Bianca e soave ognora; infin che sii,
  • O Mano, mansueta in man d'amante.
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Editorial Description: random note by DGR at top of the page
  • O lovely hand, that thy sweet self dost lave
  • In that thy pure and proper element
  • Whence erst the Lady of Love's high advènt
  • Was born, and endless fires sprang from the wave:—
  • Even as her Loves to her their offerings gave,
  • For thee the jewelled gifts they bear; while each
  • Looks to those lips, of music-measured speech
  • The fount, and of more bliss than man may crave.
  • In royal wise ring-girt and bracelet-spann'd,
  • 10 A flower of Venus' own virginity,
  • Go shine among thy sisterly sweet band;
  • In maiden-minded converse delicately
  • Evermore white and soft; until thou be,
  • O hand, heart-handsel'd in a lover's hand.
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