Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The One Dark Shade
Author: William Michael Rossetti
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: fair copy corrected
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Manuscript Addition: (7 m.)
Editorial Description: Notation at lower right indicating it was written in seven minutes.
Manuscript Addition: 41
Editorial Description: DGR has writtn this number in the upper right corner.
Manuscript Addition: 2 / 1
Editorial Description: In line 10, the words "her soul" are underlined with a "2" written above, and the words "from its depths" are underlined with
a "1" written above. This probably indicates that the line should read "Yet from its depths her soul ceased not to pine".
- The grass she sat amidst was very green
- And the sky over her was broad and blue;
- The waves far off were not of any hue
- That you could say
your eyes had ever
for sure you yet had seen,
- Dark here, blue there, with ever-changing sheen;
- And all around there stretched out to her view
- The trees waving which breezes seemed to woo
- To speak of old past things which once had been.
- God's earth brightened about her, as was fit;
10 Yet her soul from its depths ceased not to pine
- Hurrying to and fro like a
- That whirls hither and thither in the whine
- Of Autumn's hunting winds: where she did sit
- There was a holy space shadlowed by grief.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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