Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Threefold Homage
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1868
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
Scribe: DGR

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Manuscript Addition: unprinted
Editorial Description: Paull Baum's pencil notation at the foot of the manuscript.
Threefold Homage
  • 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 & ear
  • Through me might/could may guess the secret of your grace.
  • Yet [?] neath song & picture must I trace/ Yet fain neath/in song or/ or picture would I trace/ I trace
  • Ah! yet this speech/ One/ These words: Ah, gazer s, listener s think s not here
  • Added Text Alas! Yet ah! neath song & every picture truth might I trace
  • Added TextAnd note beside each song: “Let none think here
  • To breathe indeed this beauty's rapturous atmosphere,
  • To apprehend this body or 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
  • And Yet was this nought, our transport to fulfill our hope's high dowered day to fill ,—
  • That near o'er us, while we kissed, with answering thrill,
  • Two Muses held Love's hands, & smiled, & wept?
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