Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Silent Noon (corrected draft, Rosenbach Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: holograph corrected draft
Scribe: DGR

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  • Your hands lie open in the long deep low grass
  • And the sweet points look through like rosy blooms:
  • The waving meadow pasture gleams & glooms
  • 'Neath billowing skies that scatter & amass:
  • All round us twain far as the eye can pass,
  • Are golden kingcup fields with silver edge
  • Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge.
  • 'Tis visible silence, as of the hour-glass.
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  • Think through this silence how when we are old old & grey,
  • 10We two shall think upon this place and day,
  • The beauty around us & the beauty above;
  • Still clasping to our hearts, though tempests lour
  • This close-companioned inarticulate hour
  • When twofold silence was the song of love.
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