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.)
Editorial Description: 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 meet mete our love;
  • For how should I be loved as I love thee?—
  • I hardly ? graceless, joyless, lacking absolutely
  • All grace/things gifts that doth with thy ? 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 thy lips eyes and eyes lips yield soft rebuke, —
  • 10“Then only” (sayest thou) “could I love thee less,
  • If When thou couldst doubt my love's equality.”
  • Peace, sweet! If not to sum but worth we look, —
  • Thy love's figure ? heart's shared ? love's high ? love's assessment heart's transcendence, nor my love's heaped heart's love's heart's excess,
  • Then more a thousandfold thou lovs't than I.
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Manuscript Addition: The apple tree's in the wood
Editorial Description: An additional transcription of line 8.
God's Graal
  • 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
Source File: ashley3852.rad.xml
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