Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Letter to William Holman Hunt, January 30, 1855
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1855 January 23
Type of Manuscript: letter
Scribe: DGR

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The clocks are striking two. I seem to have chatted with you this past hour as of old. There seems no further news, but it is a shame to send blank paper as far as Jerusalem, so I'll finish with something of the class that usualy goes to Jericho: my last sonnet—not the best I think of severaI I have done lately, my only poetic productions, save one ballad, for the last two years or so: not the best, but the only one in my pocket book. Here it is, and may God bless you, dear Hunt, and believe me
Yours affectionately,

D. G. Rossetti
  • The gloom which breathes upon me with these airs
  • Is like the drops that strike the traveller's brow
  • Who knows not, darkling hastening, if they menace now
  • Fresh storm, or be old rain the covert bears.
  • Ah! bodes this hour its harvest of new tares?
  • Or tells again but of the day whose plough
  • Sowed hunger since;—The night at last when thou,
  • O prayer found vain, didst fall from out my prayers?
  • How prickly were the growths which yet how smooth,
  • 10 Along the hedgerows of this journey shed,
  • Lie here and there Lie by Time's grace, till night & sleep may soothe.
  • Even as the thistle-down from pathsides dead
  • Gleaned by a girl in autumns of her youth,
  • Which, one new year, makes soft her marriage-bed.
The last simile is from what you told me as a fact common in parts of England.
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Copyright: From the collection of Mrs. Michael Joseph.