Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Nuptial Sleep (corrected fair copy, British Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869 (possibly summer)
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
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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!
- So their
mouths came asunder
clove & sundered drew asunder
like the last slow sudden
- From sparkling eaves when
- So singly flagged the pulses of each heart.
- Then their close bosoms sundered at one start
- As when a flower bursts open on its bed
- From the knit stem; yet still their mouths, burnt red,
- Chirped at each other where they lay apart.
- Sleep sank them lower than the tide of dreams,
10 And their dreams watched them sink, & slid away.
- Slowly their souls swam up again, through gleams
- Of watered light, & dull drowned waifs of day;
- Till from some wonder of new woods & streams
- He woke, and wondered more: for there she lay.
Figure: Pencil Sketch, 21.9 x 18 cm.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1