Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Notebook Page: Ashley A3840
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1871
Type of Manuscript: notebook texts
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- Even as a child, of sorrow that we give
- The dead, but little in his heart can find,
- Since without need of thought in his clear mind
- Their turn it is to die & his to live:–
- Even so the winged New love smiles to receive
- Along his
eddying plumes the
whispering dawn's soft
- Nor forward glorying casts one look behind
- Where night-rack
s the Old Love fugitive.
So change must be in every hour's recall,
- There is a change
in every hour's recall,
10And the last cowslip in the fields we see
- On the same day with the first corn-poppy.
- Alas for
and yet Alas for all
- The loves that from his hand proud Youth lets fall
- Even as the beads of a told rosary!
Safe. Turn key once to release handle.
handle. Then turn key
To paint Virgin & Child — child climbs
bosom. Angels behind might
hold branches of the Tree of Life &
of Knowledge. In distance might be seen
Eden & flaming sword.
I make this note after a conversation with
a friend who had been reading in the
Museum, a ridiculous
of mine in verse
called “Sir Hugh the
Heron,” which was printed
when I was 14, but written, except the last
page or two, at 12, as my family w
remember. When I was 14, my
(who amused himself by having a small private
I if I would finish it,
to print it. I accordingly added the
precious touches two years after writing the
rest. I leave this important
as there is no knowing what fool may someday
foist the absurd trash
into print as a
production of mine. It is curious & surprising
myself, as evincing absolutely no promise
at all,—less than should
exist even at 12.
When I wrote it, the
po English poet
I had read was Sir Walter Scott, as is plain
in it. D. G. Rossetti.
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