Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: For a Marriage of St. Katharine, by the same
(Hans Memmeling) (WMR corrected copy)
Date of Composition: 1849
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
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Manuscript Addition: 475
Editorial Description: In the upper right corner, the page number of WMR's projected volume.
Ruggiero & Angelica,
rescued from the Sea-Mon-
Manuscript Addition: Rossetti
Editorial Description: WMR's pencil note in the upper left corner
, by Ingres
, in the Luxembourg.
- A remote sky, prolonged to the sea's brim.
- One rock-point standing buffeted alone,
- Vexed at its base with a foul beast
birth of geomaunt & teraphim.
- A knight, & a winged creature bearing him,
- Reared at the rock. A woman fettered there,
- Leaning into the hollow, with loose hair,
- And throat let back, & heartsick trail of
- The sky is harsh, & the sea shrewd & salt.
10 Under his lord the griffin-horse ramps
- With rigid wings & tail. The spear's
- lithe stem
- Thrills in the roaring of those jaws: behind,
- That evil length of body chafes at fault.
see nor hear
hear nor see—she
- knows of them.
- Clench thine eyes now,—'tis the last
- Draw in thy senses, set thy knees, & take
- One breath for all: thy life is keen
- Thou mayst not swoon. Was that the
- scattered whirl
- Of its foam drenched thee? or the waves that
- And split, bleak spray wherein thy temples
- Or was it his the champion's blood, to
- Thy flesh? or thine own blood's anointing,
- girl? . . .
- Now, silence: for the sea's is such a sound
10 As irks not silence, & except the sea
- All now is still. Now the dead thing
- doth cease
- To writhe, & drifts. He turns to her: & she,
- Cast from the jaws of
Death, remains there
- Again a woman in her nakedness.
Transcribed Footnote (page ):
1 Rossetti must have forgotten at this point the de-
tail of Ariosto's poem. The Orc was not slain by Rug-
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