Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: On the Site of a Mulberry-Tree, planted by William Shakespeare, felled by
Rev. F. Gastrell (Delaware fair copy)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1853
Type of Manuscript: draft manuscript
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Manuscript Addition: 9 /
Editorial Note: Numbers written in upper left corner.
Manuscript Addition: (15)
Editorial Note: Notation by unknown hand identifying the sonnet in upper right corner.
- 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, Shakespeare! whence almost,
10And 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 Starveling's ninth allotment of a ghost.
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