Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Heart's Haven (corrected holograph copy, Bancroft Collection)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: holograph corrected copy
Scribe: DGR

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Manuscript Addition: (13)
Editorial Description: Notation by unknown hand identifying the sonnet
Heart's Haven.
  • Sometimes she is a child within mine arms,
  • Cowering beneath some dark wings that love must chase;
  • With still tears showering & averted face,
  • Inexplicably filled with faint alarms:
  • And oft from mine own spirit's hurtling harms
  • I crave the refuge of her deep embrace,—
  • Against all ills the fortified strong place
  • And sweet reserve of sovereign countercharms.
  • And Love, who in his children's our light at night and shade at noon,
  • 10 Holds us and folds & hides us deep Lulls us to rest with songs, and screens to rest away
  • From pitiless All shafts of shelterless tumultuous lights of day.
  • As Like the moon 's grow s th, so grows his gradual his face gleams through his tune;
  • And as the swift soft waters warble to the moon,
  • Our answering kisses chime one roundelay.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 9-1871.delms.rad.xml
Copyright: Digital images courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection.