Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Love's Pageant and The Cloud Confines (Beinecke Library fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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Note: The alternate reading for lines 10-11 is scripted at the bottom of the page.
Manuscript Addition: The Love Star
Editorial Description: Alternate title for the sonnet by DGR in upper left corner.
Manuscript Addition: XVII
Editorial Description: Numeration for the sonnet by DGR in upper left corner.
Love's Pageant (H of L)
  • What dawn-pulse at the heart of heaven, or last
  • Incarnate flower of culminating day,—
  • What marshalled marvels as on the skirts of May,
  • Or song full-quired, sweet June's encomiast;
  • What glory of change by Nature's hand amass'd
  • Can vie with all th e ose moods of varying grace
  • Which o'er one loveliest woman's form and face
  • Within this hour, within this room, have pass'd?
  • Love's very vesture and elect express disguise
  • 10 Was each fine movement,—wonder new-begot
  • Of lily or swan or swan-stemmed galiot;
  • Added Text
  • wonders new-begot
  • On covetous Time by Love's high counterplot
  • Joy to his sight who now the sadlier sighs,
  • Parted again; and sorrow yet for eyes
  • Unborn, that read these words and saw her not.
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  • What of the heart of love
  • That bleeds in thy breast, O Man ?—
  • Thy kisses snatched 'neath the ban
  • Of fangs that mock them above;
  • Thy bells prolonged unto knells,
  • Thy hope that a breath dispels,
  • Thy bitter forlorn farewells
  • And the empty echoes thereof?
  • Still we say as we go,—
  • 10“Strange to think by the way,
  • Whatever there is to know,
  • That shall we know one day.”
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 5-1871.yalems.rad.xml
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