Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: From Dawn to Noon (Delaware corrected copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1873
Type of Manuscript: corrected copy manuscript
Scribe: DGR

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Manuscript Addition: LXXX / Change & Fate
Editorial Description: DGR's note in upper right corner indicating the placement of the sonnet in his 1881 edition
From Dawn to Noon (H. of L.)
  • As the child knows not if his mother's face
  • Be fair; nor of his elders yet can deem
  • What each most is; but as of hill or stream
  • At dawn, the all glimmering life surrounds his place:
  • Who yet, tow'rd noon of his half-weary race,
  • Pausing awhile beneath the high sun-beam
  • And gazing steadily back,—as through a dream,
  • In things long past new features now can trace:—
  • Even so the Thought that knows its is at length fullgrown
  • 10Turns back to note the distant sun-smit paths, so all grey
  • And marvellous once, where first it walked alone
  • And haply doubts, amid the unblenching day,
  • Which most or least availed impelled its onward way,—
  • Those unknown things or these things overknown.
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Source File: 6-1873.delms.rad.xml