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
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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.
- What dawn-pulse at the heart of heaven, or last
- Incarnate flower of culminating day,—
- What marshalled marvels
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
ose moods of varying grace
- Which o'er one loveliest woman's form and face
- Within this hour, within this room, have pass'd?
- 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
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