Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Dennis Shand (Second Trial Book fragment)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of publication: 1869
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- The shadows fall along the wall,
- It's night at Haye-la-Serre;
- The maidens weave since day grew eve,
- The lady's in her chair.
- O passing slow the long hours go
- With time to think and sigh,
- When weary maidens weave beneath
- A listless lady's eye.
- It's two days that Earl Simon's gone
10 And it's the second night;
- At Haye-la-Serre the lady's fair,
- In June the moon is light.
- O it's ‘Maids, ye'll wake till I come back,’
- And the hound's i' the lady's chair:
- No shuttles fly, the work stands by,
- It's play at Haye-la-Serre.
- The night is worn, the lamp's forlorn,
- The shadows waste and fail;
- There's morning air at Haye-la-Serre,
20 The watching maids look pale.
- The morrow's come and the morrow-night,
- It's feast at Haye-la-Serre,
- And Dennis Shand the cup must hand
- Beside Earl Simon's chair.
- And still when the high pouring's done
50 And cup and flagon clink,
- Till his lady's lips have touched the brim
- Earl Simon will not drink.
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