Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: William Blake
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
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!
Note: Engraving of William Blake
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
First published in ”Ballads and Sonnets“
This is a printed copy of the poem taken from the
Ballads and Sonnets
text (page 314), which has been omitted from this transcription.
- This is the place. Even here the dauntless soul,
- The unflinching hand, wrought on; till in that nook,
- As on that very bed, his life partook
- New birth, and passed. Yon river's
- Whereto the close-built coiling lanes unroll,
- Faced his work-window, whence his eyes would stare,
- Thought-wandering, unto nought that met them there,
- But to the unfettered irreversible goal.
- This cupboard, Holy of Holies, held the cloud
10 Of his soul writ and limned; this other one,
- His true wife's charge, full oft to their abode
- Yielded for daily bread the martyr's stone,
- Ere yet their food might be that Bread alone,
- The words now home-speech of the mouth of God.
Note: [letter from DGR to TWD]
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: By permission of the British Library