Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: John Keats (British Library fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
full Rossetti Archive record for this transcribed document is available.
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.
- BOOKS BRING ME FRIENDS
- WHERE'ER ON EARTH I BE.
- SOLACE OF SOLITUDE&
- BONDS OF SOCIETY!
Manuscript Addition: ASHLEY MS. / 3477.
Editorial Description: British Library catalog number.
Note: Pages i verso to ii are blank.
Note: Engraving of John Keats
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
First published in ”Ballads and Sonnets“
The printed copy of the poem taken from the
Ballads and Sonnets
text (page 316) has been omitted from this transcription.
Transcription Gap: Ballads and Sonnets text (may be found elsewhere)
- The weltering London ways where children weep
- And girls whom none call maidens laugh,— strange road
- Miring his outward steps, who inly trode
- The bright Castalian brink and Latmos' steep:—
- Even such his life's cross-paths; till deathly deep
- He toiled through sands of Lethe; and long pain,
- Weary with labour spurned and love found vain,
- In dead Rome's sheltering shadow wrapped his sleep.
- O pang-dowered Poet, whose reverberant lips
10And heart-strung lyre awoke the Moon's eclipse,—
- Thou whom the daisies glory in growing o'er,—
- Their fragrance clings around thy name, not writ
- But rumour'd in water, while the fame of it
- Along Time's flood goes echoing evermore.
Transcription Gap: Letter to Watts (relevance to poem in question)
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: By permission of the British Library