Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: The Cloud before the Storm
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
Scribe: DGR

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35. The Cloud before the Storm.
  • But before going out, she took her stand
  • At the wide door, and struck me him with her hate
  • Full on the cheek; and the scorn did not bate
  • Nor the strength failed an instant. With one hand
  • She heaped her fallen tresses in their band,
  • And with the other, turning, closed the gate.
  • And I he felt as men feel when some strange Fate
  • Beateth its wings over the sea and land
  • Till the air dies. It was exceeding poor Though he may not endure
  • 10 And mean of me, I know, to yield in such
    Added TextTherefore fear always; yet hath he felt such
  • A shaken dread. But Look you in secret Think, and you shall find
  • That in no life there is a peril sure;
  • But that the one to be feared most—yea, much, —
  • Is what a woman hoards keeps in her calm mind.

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