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
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Manuscript Addition: (13)
Editorial Description: Notation by unknown hand identifying the sonnet
- Sometimes she is a child within mine arms,
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,
Holds us and folds & hides us deep
to rest with songs, and screens
All shafts of shelterless tumultuous
lights of day.
Like the moon
so grows his gradual
his face gleams through his tune;
- And as
waters warble to the moon,
- Our answering kisses chime one roundelay.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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