Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Ardour and Memory (holograph fair copy, Brotherton Collection, Leeds University)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1873
Type of Manuscript: holograph pen and ink fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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Pleasure & Memory
  • The cuckoo-throb, the heartbeat of the Spring;
  • The rosebud's blush that leaves it as it grows
  • Into the full-eyed fair unblushing rose;
  • The summer clouds that visit every wing
  • With fires of sunrise and of sunsetting;
  • The furtive flickering streams to light re-born
  • 'Mid airs new-fledged & valorous lusts of morn,
  • While all the daughters of the daybreak sing:—
  • These pleasure loves, and memory: and when flown
  • 10 All joys, and through dark forest-boughs in flight
  • The wind swoops onward brandishing the light,
  • Even yet the rose-tree's verdure left alone
  • Will flush all ruddy when the rose be gone;
  • With ditties and with dirges infinite.
D.G.R. Xmas 1879
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 4-1873.leedsms.rad.xml
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