Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Filii Filia (fair copy manuscript, Delware Art Museum library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869
Type of Manuscript: holograph pen and ink fair copy
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Printer's Direction: To follow
Editorial Description: Written in upper right corner on the manuscript.
- The lilies stand before her like a screen
- Through which, upon this warm & solemn day,
- God surely hears. For there she kneels to pray
- Who bore our Bourne of prayer,—Mary the Queen.
- She was Faith's Present, parting what had been
- From what began with her and is for aye:
- On either side God's twofold system lay,—
- With meek bowed face a virgin prayed between.
- So prays she, and the Dove flies in to her,
10 And she has turned. Within the porch is one
- Who looks as though deep awe made him to smile.
- Heavy with heat, the plants yield shadow there,
- The loud flies cross each other in the sun,
- And the aisle-pillars meet the poplar-aisle.
- Upon a sun-scorched road when noon was deep
- I passed a little consecrated shrine
- Where among simple pictures ranged in line
- The blessed Mary holds her son asleep.
- To kneel here, shepherd-children leave their sheep
- When silence broods at heart of the sunshine,
- And again kneel here in the day's decline,
- And here, when their life ails them, come to weep.
- Night being full, I passed on the same road
10By the same shrine. Within, a lamp was lit
- Which through the depth of utter darkness glow'd.
- Then, after heat of life, when doubts arise
- Dim-hurtling, faith's pure lamp must beam on it,—
- How oft unlit, alas! how oft that dies!
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