Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: On the Site of a Mulberry-Tree; Planted by Wm Shakspeare; felled by the Rev.
F. Gastrell (Corrected Galley Proof)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of publication: 1869 August
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Printer's Direction: Try & get in one line. Italics if necessary
Editorial Description: DGR's note to the printer in the left margin beside the title.
- 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! murdered 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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