Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: The Day-Dream
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880
Type of Manuscript: pencil draft
Scribe: DGR

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The Day-Dream
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 about April,

some branches of the sycamore tree in which

the lady is seated being still quite young in

spring foliage while in places the leaves are already

larger though with spring-buds also clinging here & there.

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