Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: The Day-Dream
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: pencil draft
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The following Sonnet is inscribed on the
- The thronged boughs of the shadowy sycamore
- Still fledge young leaflets half the summer through;
- From when the robin 'gainst the unhidden blue
- Perched dark, till now, deep in the leafy core,
- The embowered throstle's urgent wood-notes soar
- Through summer silence. Still the leaves come new;
- Yet never rosy-sheathed as those which drew
- Their spiral tongues from spring-buds heretofore.
- Within the branching shade of Reverie
10Dreams even may spring till autumn; yet none be
- Like woman's budding day-dream spirit-fann'd.
- Lo! tow'rd deep skies, not deeper than her look,
- She dreams; till now on
the her forgotten book
- Drops the forgotten blossom from her hand.
This Subject is simply one of natural
sublimity. The time of year is
some branches of the sycamore tree in which
is seated being still quite young in
spring foliage while in places the
leaves are already
larger though with spring-buds also clinging here
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