Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Cecco d'Angiolieri, da Siena. “Prolonged Sonnet. When his Clothes were gone.”
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1870 February 20
Type of Manuscript: fair copy with alternate reading

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  • Never so bare and naked was church-stone
  • As is my clean-stripped doublet in my grasp;
  • Also I wear a shirt without a clasp,
  • Which is a dismal thing to look upon.
  • Ah! had I still but the sweet coins I won
  • That time I sold my nag and staked the pay,
  • I'd not lie hid beneath the roof today
  • And eke out sonnets with this moping moan.
  • Daily a thousand times stark mad am I
  • 10 At my dad's meanness who won't clothe me now,
  • For “How about the horse?” is still his cry.
  • Till one thing strikes me as clear anyhow,—
  • No clothes he'll stand/ No rag I'll get (which is best?) The wretch has sworn, I see,
  • Not to invest another doit in me.
  • And all because of the fine doublet's price
  • He gave me, when I vowed to throw no dice,
  • And for his damned nag's sake! Well, this is nice!
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