Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Notebook Page: Ashley 3852
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1880?
Type of Manuscript: notebook texts
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Manuscript Addition: (H. of L.)
DGR's note indicating the sonnet was intended for inclusion in the 1881 augmented edition of
“The House Of Life”
Note: The text is written crosswise on the page.
- Not by one measure mayst thou
mete our love;
- For how should I be loved as I love thee?—
graceless, joyless, lacking absolutely
queenship best behove ; —
- Thou, throned in every heart's elect alcove,
- And crowned with
every garland fair to see
garlands culled from every tree,
- Which for no head but thine, by Love's decree,
- All beauties & all mysteries interwove —
- But here thine
lips yield soft rebuke, —
10“Then only” (sayest thou) “could I love thee less,
When thou couldst doubt my love's equality.”
- Peace, sweet! If not to sum but worth we look, —
love's figure ?
heart's shared ?
love's high ?
heart's transcendence, nor my
- Then more a thousandfold thou lovs't than I.
Manuscript Addition: The apple tree's in the wood
Editorial Description: An additional transcription of line 8.
- Lancelot lay beside the well:
God's Graal is good)
- Oh my soul is sad to tell
- The weary quest and the bitter quell;
- For he was the lord of lordlihood,
- And sleep on his eyelids fell.
- Lancelot lay before the shrine:
The apple tree's in the wood)
- There was set Christ's very sign,
10The bread unknown and the unknown wine
- That the soul's life for a livelihood
- Craves from his wheat & vine.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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