Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Letter to Christina Rossetti, 8 November 1853
Author: DGR
Date of Composition: 1853 November 8
Type of Manuscript: letter
Scribe: DGR

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Mac Cracken — by D G Rossetti
  • Getting his pictures, like his supper, cheap,
  • Far, far away in Belfast by the sea,
  • His watchful one-eyed uninvaded sleep
  • Mac Cracken sleepeth. While the PRB
  • Must keep the shady side, he walks a swell
  • Through spungings of perennial growth & height:
  • And far away in Belfast—out of sight,
  • Added TextBy many an open do and secret sell,
  • Fresh daubers he makes shift to scarify,
  • 10 And fleece with pliant shears the slumbering green.
  • There he has lied, though aged, & will lie,
  • Fattening on ill-got pictures in his sleep,
  • Till some Præ-Raphael prove for him too deep.
  • Then once by Hunt & Ruskin to be seen,
  • Insolvent he shall turn & in the Queen's Bench die.
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