Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Venus Verticordia (corrected copy with alternate readings, British Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1868 or 1869
Type of Manuscript: Fair copy with some corrections and alternate readings.
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Note: Bookplate with standing female angel blowing trumpet and seated female
angel. Between the two figures is a flowing banner on which is inscribed
the owner's name. Below the figures and the ower's name is an inscribed poem.
Manuscript Addition: Ashley 3845
Editorial Description: British Library catalog number.
- BOOKS BRING ME FRIENDS
- WHERE'ER ON EARTH I BE.
- SOLACE OF SOLITUDE&
- BONDS OF SOCIETY!
Note: The textual alternates are written at the foot of the manuscript.
- She hath it in her hand to give it thee,
- Also within her heart to hold it back;
- She muses, with her eyes upon the track
- Of some dazed moth or honey seeking bee—
- Haply, “He is as one of these”, saith she;
- ‘Now the sweet apple for his lips, alack!
- But brings the dart to turn his midday black,
for his feet perpetually!”
- A little space her glance is sad & coy;
10 But if she give the fruit that works her spell,
Those eyes shall flame as for her Phrygian boy.
- Then shall her bird's strained throat the woe foretell,
- And her far seas moan as a single shell,
- And through her dark grove strike the light of Troy.
- Alas! the apple for his lips, the dart
- Which follows its brief sweetness to his heart,
- The wandering of his feet perpetually!”
- And bids his feet wander perpetually.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: By permission of the British Library