Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Ashley 3847 (with a copy of “At Last” and fragments of “The White Ship”)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1869? 1871? 1880-1881?
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
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Manuscript Addition: unswayed obstreporous/ unthroned vociferous
Editorial Description: Two variants for "unyoked inordinate" in line 12 are given at the foot of the manuscript.
Manuscript Addition: (H of L)
Editorial Description: DGR's note indicating he intended to include the sonnet in the 1881 version of “The House of Life”
Manuscript Addition: unprinted
Editorial Description: Note written possibly by DGR at the bottom of the page.
- Say once for all: “Me Love accepts, and thee:
10Nor takes he other count of bygone years
- Not his, than do the affranchised earth & sea
- Of hours
wherein the unyoked inordinate spheres
- Hurtled tumultuous round Time's ringing ears
yet one word gave light to victory.”
- By none but me can the tale be told,—
swayed by a King on a throne
- The butcher of Rouen, poor Berold.
The sea hath no King but God alone.)
- Where lands were none 'neath the
- We told our names, that man & I.
- O I am Gilbert de l'Aigle hight,
- And son I am to a belted knight.
- And I am Berold, the butcher's son,
10Who slays the beasts in Rouen town.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1