Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: For a Venetian Pastoral, by Giorgione (in the
Louvre) (WMR corrected copy)
Date of Composition: 1849
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
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Manuscript Addition: 474
Editorial Description: In the upper right corner, the page number of WMR's projected volume.
For A Venetian Pastoral, by Giorgione,
Manuscript Addition: Rossetti
Editorial Description: WMR's pencil note in the upper left corner
- Water, for anguish of the solstice,—
Over the vessel's mouth still widening,
Added TextBut dip the vessel slowly,—nay, but lean
Listlessly dipt to let the water
And hark how at its verge the wave sighs in
With slow vague gurgle. Blue & deep
Reluctant. Hush! beyond all depth away,
- The heat lies silent at the brink of day.
- Now the hand trails upon the viol-string
- That sobs; & the brown faces cease to sing,
Mournful with complete
Sad with the whole of pleasure.
In the distance; thru her lips the pipe doth
Added TextHer eyes now, from whose mouth the slim
while the shadowed grass
- Is cool against her naked
side? Let be.
Say nothing now
speak unto her, lest she weep,
- Nor name this ever. Be it as it was:—
Silence of heat, & solemn poetry
Added TextLife touching lips with immortality.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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