Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Threefold Homage
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1868
Type of Manuscript: 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!
- Was I most born to paint your sovereign face,
- Or most to sing it, or most to love it, dear?
- Full sweet the hope that unborn eye and ear
- Through me may guess the secret of your grace.
- Yet ah! 'neath every picture might I trace
- And note beside each song,— “Let none think here
- To breathe indeed this beauty's atmosphere,
- To apprehend this body and soul's embrace!”
- Faint shadow of you at best I weave; except
10That innermost image all unseen, which still
- Proves me at heart your beauty's crowned adept
- Yet was this nought, our hope's high day to fill,—
- That o'er us, while we kissed, with answering thrill,
- Two Muses held Love's hands, and smiled, and wept?
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