Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Youth's Antiphony (fair copy, Bancroft Collection)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: holograph pen and ink fair copy
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Manuscript Addition: (20)x
Editorial Description: Notation in upper right corner
- “I love you, sweet: how can you ever learn
- How much I love you?” “You I love even so,
- And so I learn it.” “Sweet, you cannot know
- How fair you are.” “If fair enough to earn
- Your love, so much is all my love's concern.”
- “My love grows hourly, sweet.” “Mine too doth grow;
- Yet love seemed full so many hours ago!”
- Thus lovers speak, till kisses claim their turn.
- Ah! happy they to whom such words as these
10In youth have served for speech the whole day long,
- Hour after hour, remote from the world's throng,
- Work, contest, fame, all life's confederate pleas,—
- What while Love breathed in sighs and silences
- Through two blent souls one rapturous undersong.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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