Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: To D. G. R.
Author: Edmund Bates
Date of Composition: 1879 September 7
Type of Manuscript: holograph
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- I've seen the spirit 'shrined in endless shapes
- And tinctures, natural;
- Where not one charm Love's vigilance escapes!
- Her fascinating cunning all things drapes
- In summer-sunshine's sweetest bibs & frills
- Whose feeblest ray life's common places kills
- Joy kindling, at thy call.
- I've sought æsthetic culture at thy feet—
- True Art's Gamaliel—
10Spirituous sympathies as strong as sweet
- Issuing thy rare pre-eminence to greet!
- I've whiled away sore trials 'neath thy spell
- Of Art-enchantment, counsel ne'er could quell
- A thousandth part so well.
- And, shall I grasp thy wonder-working hands
- Or kiss the 'broidery
- Of garment meet wherein that Spirit stands
- Revealed to near & far-off times & lands?
- Witnessing, with the few, inspired skill
20The outside crowd-rapt slaves of Plutus—still
- Blasphemous, avoiding thee.
September 7 A:D:1879
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: Published with the permission of Iziko Museums of Cape Town