Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Sonnet ("O thou whose name being alone aloud") (corrected draft manuscript)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: holograph corrected draft copy
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- O thou whose name, being alone, aloud
- I utter oft, and though thou art not there,
- Perceive thy pictured presence fill the air,—
- O art thou from thy Heaven-home towards me bow'd?
What [???] would not accept
Why vainly now poor wretch desire the shroud
yearn to yield thy
whole of life's
most bitter wane
- Only to listen to thy voice again?
- So Love should unto Death sink plumed & proud.
Afar from With many thoughts of many hours removed
here alone, as
in this chamber one
where erst were two:
- The glass stands empty of all things it knew
hath sweet Memory here her
hath not Memory here a power approved
- As balmy as the breath of her you loved
- When deep between her breasts it came to you.
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