Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: On the Site of a Mulberry-Tree; Planted by Wm Shakspeare; felled by the Rev.
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of publication: 1869
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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!
On the Site
Shakespeare's Mulberry Tree
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Original Holograph Manuscript
Written in 1853
The Privately-Printed Leaflet
Issued in 1869
- This tree, here fall'n, no common birth or death
- Shared with its kind. The world's enfranchised son,
- Who found the trees of Life and Knowledge one,
- Here set it, frailer than his laurel-wreath.
- Shall not the wretch whose hand it fell beneath
- Rank also singly—the supreme unhung?
- Lo! Sheppard, Turpin, pleading with black tongue
- This viler thief's unsuffocated breath!
- We'll search thy glossary, Shakspeare! whence almost,
10 And whence alone, some name shall be reveal'd
- For this deaf drudge, to whom no length of ears
- Sufficed to catch the music of the spheres;
- Whose soul is carrion now,—too mean to yield
- Some tailor's ninth allotment of a ghost.
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