Sonnet ("O thou whose name being alone aloud") (corrected draft manuscript)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Production Description

Document Title: [Untitled]
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of composition: 1848
Type of Manuscript: holograph corrected draft copy
Scribe: DGR
Corrector: DGR


Current Location: Delaware Art Museum, Bancroft Collection
Catalog Number: Box 22 no. 59

Physical Description

Paper: writing paper, measurements: 18 x 22.7 cm
Watermark: watermarked

Scholarly Commentary


This is the only known complete manuscript of the sonnet, which is unpublished. The Delaware Art Museum also has a partial draft of the text. The two texts are quite different in content.

Textual History: Composition

The text of this manuscript is written on the same paper as the text of the pair of early sonnets titled “Filii Filia” ; the first of these two comes down to us as “For an Annunciation. Early German”. The sonnet is therefore very early and probably was written in 1848, perhaps as early as 1847.

Printing History

Three lines were published as a fragment by WMR in 1911.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 47-1871.delms.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection.