Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Letter to William Allingham, 23 January 1855, manuscript
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1855 January 23
Type of Manuscript: fair copy
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to me long ago, but not at all familiarly till now. I fancy one might read
him much oftener and much later than Wordsworth than almost any one.
I must try & fill this paper. So I substitute one of my “clever”
moments for the present helpless one & copy you my last sonnet.
- The gloom which breathes upon me with these airs
- Is like the drops that strike the traveller's brow
- Who knows not, darkling, if they menace now
- Fresh storm, or be old rain the covert bears.
- Ah! bodes this hour its harvest of new tares?
- Or keeps remembrance of that day whose plough
- Sowed hunger since,—that night at last when thou,
- O prayer found vain! did'st fall from out my prayers?
- How prickly were the griefs, which yet how smooth,
10 On cobwebbed hedgerows of this journey shed,
- Lie here and there till night & sleep may soothe,
- Even as the thistledown from pathsides dead
- Gleaned by a girl in autumns of her youth,
- Which, one new year, makes soft her marriage bed.
Does it smack though of Tupper at all—it seems to, in copying. The last
simile I heard as a fact common in some parts of the country.
Note: Remainder of letter written vertically, bottom to top, along the left margin.
DGR had no more writing space on the rest of the page.
I wish I could see you again; I really do. When is it to happen? Let us write
again regularly, now that I feel rehabilité about the block.
Yours DG Rossetti
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