Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Rossetti Album (miscellaneous collection, Getty/Wormsley Library)
Author: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Date of Composition: 1835-1933
Type of Manuscript: Literary manuscripts, autograph letters, photographs, and cuttings.
Scribe: DGR, CR, WMR, and others, with manuscript notes by WMR.

The full Rossetti Archive record for this transcribed document is available.

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Note: Photograph of DGR and Ruskin in DGR's garden, 2 February 1862
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Note: a photograph by Lewis Carroll, “A Game of Chess with Dante Rossetti”; DGR and his mother playing chess in DGR's garden, with CR and Maria Rossetti watching
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Note: DGR's letter to his aunt Eliza Polidori, “July 9 1835”
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Note: DGR's letter to his mother, dated “Wednesday 22 Jan./45”.
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Note: Reproduction of DGR's drawing “D.G. Rossetti sitting to Elizabeth Siddal”, dated September 1853.
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Note: DGR's letter to Ford Madox Brown (conjecturally dated 12 April, 1852 by McGann and 4 December, 1852 by Fredeman).
14 Chatham Place Blackfriars

Saturday morning
My dear Brown,

I have asked Hannay to come round to-morrow evening. He and you were the only defaulters on Thursday except John Seddon, who it seems is out of town.
Can you come in tomorrow instead?
Do if you can. I will try and get William also, though I heard last night at Millais's that he was rather unwell.
What do you think? My sketches are kicked out at that precious place in Pall Mall. I am of course more than ever resolved to paint my picture of the pigs. Alas! my dear Brown, we are but too transcendent spirits—far, far, in advance of the age.
Do not bring up this subject to-morrow if Hannay or anyone else is present, as it is of no use trumpeting one's grievances. But do come.
Your friend,

Dante G. Rossetti
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Note: Three DGR letters: two to his mother, one to Gambart.
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Note: Half sheet manuscript, 18 x 11 cm, signed, with watermark: PERIN/OLD STYLE. This manuscript was printer's copy for the text printed in the 1874 Athenaeum .
  • Soft-littered is the new-year's lambing-fold,
  • And in the hollowed haystack at its side
  • The shepherd lies o' nights now, wakeful-eyed
  • At the ewes' travailing call through the dark cold.
  • The young rooks cheep 'mid the thick caw o' the old:
  • And near unpeopled stream-sides, on the ground,
  • By her spring-cry the moorhen's nest is found,
  • Where the drained flood-lands flaunt their marigold.
  • Chill are the gusts to which the pastures cower,
  • 10And chill the current where the young reeds stand
  • As green and close as the young wheat on land:
  • Yet here the cuckoo and the cuckoo flower
  • Pledge Plight to the heart Spring's perfect gradual hour
  • Whose breath shall soothe you like your dear one's hand.
Dante G. Rossetti
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Note: DGR letter to his aunt Eliza Polidori, dated “4 Aug. 1871.”
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Note: DGR letter to Phillip Webb with drawing of a design for a fireplace, ca. 1871.
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Note: DGR letter to WMR, 24 Dec. 1874.
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Note: CR letter to unknown correspondent regarding the correspondent's recent lecture.
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Note: DGR letter to CR, dated 16 July 1880; unwatermarked, paper 18 x 11 cm. The last page of the letter has DGR's fair copy of his sonnet on Chatterton.
  • With Shakspeare's manhood at a boy's wild heart,—
  • Through Hamlet's doubt to Shakspeare near allied,
  • And kin to Milton through his Satan's pride,—
  • At Death's sole door he stooped, and craved a dart;
  • And to the dear new bower of England's art,—
  • Even to that shrine Time else had deified,
  • The unuttered heart that soared against his side,—
  • Drove the fell point, and smote life's seals apart.
  • Thy nested home-loves, noble Chatterton;
  • 10 The angel-trodden stair thy soul could trace
  • Up Redcliffe's spire; and in the world's armed space
  • Thy gallant sword-play:—these to many an one
  • Are sweet for ever; as thy grave unknown
  • And love-dream of thine unrecorded face.
D. G. R. 1880
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Note: Two letters from DGR to Ford Madox Brown, 23 August 1864 and 5 December 1864.
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Note: Two loose notebook leaves: unlined unwatermarked paper, 22 x 18 cm, with DGR's fair copy of “Aspecta Medusa”; on the verso of the leaf with the poem are various notes, including a note descriptive of the picture DGR was execute in 1867, Sir Tristram and La Belle Yseult Drinking the Love Potion .
Aspecta Medusa
  • Andromeda, by Perseus saved and wed,
  • Hankered each day to see the Gorgon's head:
  • Till o'er a fount he held it, bade her lean,
  • And mirrored in the wave was safely seen
  • That death she lived by.
  • Let not thine eyes know
  • Any forbidden thing itself, although
  • It once should save as well as kill: but be
  • Its shadow upon life enough for thee.
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Note: DGR's fair copy holograph manuscript of “One Girl”, the second tercet clearly scripted later than the first; with DGR's copy of Sappho's original Greek text and his literal translation thus: / / Like the sweet apple that reddens upon the top twig / Atop upon the topmost,—and the apple-gatherers have overlooked— / yet not altogether overlooked but they were not able to get at it. / / This manuscript seems to pre-date the other fair copy in the Fitzwilliam Museum.
One Girl. (From Sappho)
  • I.
  • Like the sweet apple which reddens upon the topmost bough,
  • A-top on the topmost twig,—which the pluckers forgot, somehow,—
  • Forgot it not, nay, but got it not, for none could get it till now.
  • II.
  • Like the wild hyacinth flower which on the hills is found,
  • Which the passing feet of the shepherds for ever tear and wound,
  • Until the purple blossom is trodden into the ground.
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Note: DGR's holograph copy of his poem “Fior di Maggio”, on a fragment of manuscript torn from a notebook (18 x 7cm).
Fior di Maggio
  • O May sits crowned with hawthorn flower
  • And is Love's month they say,
  • And Love's the fruit that's ripened best
  • By ladies' eyes in May.
  • Or
  • O hawthorn is the May's own flower
  • And May love's month they say
  • And love etc.
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Note: Leaf with minor corrections of pages 409-410 of The Early Italian Poets .
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Note: DGR's fair copy of his translation of the Wednesday sonnet from Folgore San Gemignano's “Seven Sonnets. Of the Week”.
  • And every Wednesday, as the swift days move,
  • Pheasant and peacock-shooting out of doors
  • You'll have, and multitude of hares to course,
  • And after you come home, good cheer enough;
  • And sweetest ladies at the board above,
  • Children of kings and counts and senators;
  • And comely-favoured youthful bachelors
  • To serve them, bearing garlands, for true love.
  • And still let cups of gold and silver ware,
  • 10 Runlets of vernage-wine and wine of Greece,
  • Comfits and cakes be found at bidding there;
  • And let your gifts of birds and game increase:
  • And let all those who in your banquet share
  • Sit with bright faces perfectly at ease.
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Note: DGR's holograph copy of “Autumn Song”, on a half sheet 11 x 18 cm.
  • Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
  • How the heart feels a languid grief
  • Laid on it for a covering,
  • And how sleep seems a goodly thing
  • In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?
  • And how the swift beat of the brain
  • Falters because it is in vain,
  • In Autumn at the fall of the leaf
  • Knowest thou not? and how the chief
  • 10Of joys seems—not to suffer pain?
  • Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
  • How the soul feels like a dried sheaf
  • Bound up at length for harvesting,
  • And how death seems a comely thing
  • In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?
Sept. 1848
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Note: DGR's holograph of “English May”, on a half sheet of typical lined notebook paper (17.5 x 22 cm)
English May
  • Would God your health were as this month of May
  • Should be, were this not England,—and your face
  • Abroad, to give the gracious sunshine grace
  • And laugh beneath the budding hawthorn-spray.
  • But here the hedgerows pine from green to grey
  • While yet May's lyre is tuning, and her song
  • Is weak in shade that should in sun be strong;
  • And your pulse springs not to so faint a lay.
  • If in my life be breath of Italy,
  • 10 Would God that I might yield it all to you!
  • So, when such grafted warmth had burgeoned through
  • The languor of your Maytime's hawthorn-tree,
  • My spirit at rest should walk unseen and see
  • The garland of your beauty bloom anew.
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Note: Two photographs: a postcard reproduction of Found and a print of William Downey's photograph of Fanny Cornforth.
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Note: Two half-sheet holograph manuscripts with the sonnets “Pleasure and Memory” and “Found” (each 18 x 11.2 cm).
Pleasure and Memory
  • The cuckoo-throb, the heartbeat of the Spring;
  • The rosebud's blush that leaves it as it grows
  • Into the full-eyed fair unblushing rose;
  • The summer clouds that visit every wing
  • With fires of sunrise and of sunsetting;
  • The furtive flickering streams to light re-born
  • 'Mid airs new-fledged and valorous lusts of morn,
  • While all the daughters of the daybreak sing:—
  • These pleasure loves, and memory: and when flown
  • 10 All joys, and through dark forest-boughs in flight
  • The wind swoops onward brandishing the light,
  • Even yet the rose-tree's verdure left alone
  • Will flush all ruddy though the rose be gone;
  • With ditties and with dirges infinite.
  • “There is a budding morrow in midnight:”—
  • So sang our Keats, our English nightingale.
  • And here, as lamps across the bridge turn pale
  • In London's smokeless resurrection-light,
  • Dark breaks to dawn. But o'er the deadly blight
  • Of Love deflowered and sorrow of none avail,
  • Which makes this man gasp and this woman quail,
  • Can day from darkness ever again take flight?
  • Ah! gave not these two hearts their mutual pledge,
  • 10Under one mantle sheltered 'neath the hedge
  • In gloaming courtship? And, O God! to-day
  • He only knows he holds her;—but what part
  • Can life now take? She cries in her shut locked heart,—
  • “Leave me—I do not know you—go away!”
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Note: DGR's early copy, perhaps a draft, of his unfinished tale “St. Agnes of Intercession” — on six leaves of unwatermarked plain blue paper. The addition to the title is made in pencil.
St Agnes of Recompensation
Among my earliest recollections, none is stronger than that of my

father standing before the fire when he came home in the London

winter evening, and singing to us, in his sweet generous tones: some-

time ancient ditties of our own country—such songs as one might translate from

the birds, and the brooks might set to music; sometimes foreign songs those with

which foreign travel had familiarized his youth,—among them the great

tunes which have rung the world's changes since '89. I used to sit on

the carpet hearth-rug, listening to him, and look between his knees into the

fire till it burned my face, while the shapes sights swarming up in it seemed

changed and changed with the music: till the music and the fire and

my heart burned together, and I would take paper and pencil, and try

to fix the shapes that rose within me. For my

hope was to be a painter.
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The first book I remember to have read of my own accord was

an old-fashioned work on Art which my mother had,—“Hamilton's

English Conoscente.” It was a kind of continental tour,—sufficiently

Della-Cruscan, from what I can recall of it,—and contained notices

of works of art which the author had seen abroad, with engravings after

some of them. These were in the English fashion of that day, executed

in dots and printed with red ink; tasteless enough, no doubt, but

I yearned towards them, and would toil over them for days. One

especially possessed for me a strong and indefinable charm: it it was

a Saint Agnes in glory, by Bucciolo d'Orli Angiolieri. This plate

I could copy from the first with much more success than I could any

of the others; indeed, it was mainly my love of the figure, and a

desire to obtain some knowledge regarding it, which impelled me,

by one magnanimous effort upon the “Conoscente,” to master in a

few days more of the difficult art of reading than my mother's laborious

inculcations had accomplished during a year or two. However, what I managed

to spell and puzzle out related chiefly to the executive qualities of

the picture, which could be little understood by a mere boy child; of the
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artist himself, or the meaning of his work, the author of the book

appeared to know scarcely anything.
As I became older, my boyish impulse towards art grew into a

vital passion; till at last my father took me from school and per-

mitted me my own bent of study. There is no need that I should

dwell much upon the few next years of my life. The beginnings of

Art, entered on at all seriously, present an alternation of extremes:—

on the one hand, the most bewildering phases of mental endeavour,

on the other, a toil rigidly & exact dealing often with trifles. What

was then the precise shape of the cloud within my tabernacle, I could

scarcely say now; or whether indeed I knew its form through so thick a veil or could be sure

of its presence there at all; and as to which statue at the Museum

I drew most — or learned least from,—or which Professor at the Academy

“set” the model in the worst taste,—these are things which no one

need care to know. I may say here that I was wayward enough

in the pursuit, if not in the purpose; that I cared even too little for

what could be taught me by others; and that my original designs

were much greatly outnumbered my school-drawings.
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In most cases where study (such study, at least, as involves any

practical elements) has benumbed that subtle transition which brings

youth out of boyhood; there is comes a point, after some while, when

the mind loses its suppleness, and being riveted merely by the continuance

of the mechanical effort, the constrained senses

gradually assume their utmost tension, and any urgent impression

from without will suffice to scatter the spell. The student looks

up: the film of their own fixedness drops at once from before his eyes,

and for the first time he sees his life in the face.
In my twentieth year, I might say that between one path of Art

and another, I worked hard. One afternoon I was returning, after

an unprofitable morning, from a class for the model which I attended; the day

was one of those oppressive lulls in autumn, when application, unless

under sustained excitement, is all but impossible,—when the senses perceptions

seem curdled and the brain full of sand. On ascending the stairs to

my room, I heard voices there, and when I entered, found my sister

Catharine, with another young lady, busily turning over my sketches

and papers, as if in search of something. Catharine laughed, and

introduced her companion as Miss Mary Ethell. There might have

been a little malice in the laugh, for I remembered to have heard

the lady's
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name before, and to have then made in fun some teasing

inquiries about her, as one will of one's sisters' friends. I bowed for

the introduction, and stood rebuked. She had her back to the windowwhere the light was strong,

and I could not well see her features at the moment; but I made sure

she was very beautiful, from the way that

she held her hands and her tranquil body. Catharine told me they had been looking together

for a book of hers which I had had by me for some time, and which

she had promised to Miss Ethell. I joined in the search, the book

was found, and soon after they left my room. I had come in utterly

spiritless; but now I fell to and worked well for several hours. In

the evening, when I went down stairs to the family, I found Miss Ethell still with them; she remained rather

late: till she left I did not return to my room, nor, when there, was

my work resumed that night. I had thought her more beautiful

than at first.
For some months about a year after this I am afraid I

neglected my studies almost entirely, except so ,uch of them as

became a duty by the compensation it procured:

and when that year was upon its close, Mary Ethell and

I were promised in marriage.
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Her station in life, though not lofty, was one of more ease

than my own, and I had the satisfaction of knowing that it was

the earnestness of her attachment to me had deterred

her parents from placing any obstacle in the way of our union. At the same time All

the more rigidly on this account I now long to

the task now devolve upon me of obtain ing at once such a position which

as should raise me from ever having to reproach ing myself with the any sacrifice made

by her for my sake. It was in this determination that I now set to work with all the energy of

which I was capable, upon a picture of some size, involving various

aspects of study. The subject was a modern one, and indeed it has

often seemed to me that all work, to be truly worthy, should be wrought

out of the age itself, as well as out of the soul of its producer, which

must needs be a soul of the age. At this picture I laboured unceasingly

my days and my nights. And Mary sat to me for

the principal female figure. The exhibition to which I sent it opened

a few weeks after the completion of my twenty-second year.
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Note: DGR's holograph copy of his review of Hake's Madeline and other poems, on two foolscap sheets watermarked “ETOWGOOD”.
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Note: Early DGR holograph of “Mater Pulchrae Delectionis”, signed and dated (1847); paper watermarked “1846”, 19 x 23.3cm
Mater Pulchrae Delectionis
  • Mother of the Fair Delight,
  • From the azure standing white
  • And looking golden in the light;—
  • With the shadow of the Heaven-roof
  • Upon thy hands lifted aloof
  • And a mystic quiet in thine eyes
  • Born of the hush of Paradise,
  • Seated beside the Ancient Three
  • Thyself a woman Trinity
  • 10Being the dear daughter of God
  • And the sorrows we have seemeth to last,—
  • Though the future falls not to the past
  • In the race that the Great Cycle runs,
  • Bethink thee of that olden once
  • Wherein to such as death may strike
  • Thou wert a sister, sisterlike:
  • Yea, even thou, who reignest now
  • Where the angels are they that bow,—
  • Thou hardly to be looked upon
  • 20By saints whose steps tread through the Sun,—
  • Thou, the most queenly, jubilant
  • Of the leaves of the Threefold Plant,—
  • Headstone of this humanity
  • Groundstone of the great Mystery,
  • Fashioned like us, yet more than we.
  • I think that at the farthest top
  • My love just sees thee standing up
  • Where the light of the throne is bright:
  • Unto the left, unto the right,
  • 30The cherubim, order'd and join'd,
  • Slope inward to a golden point,
  • And from between the seraphim
  • The glory cometh like a hymn;
  • All is aquiet, nothing stirs;
  • The peace of nineteen hundred years
  • Is within thee and without thee;
  • And the Godshine falls about thee;
  • And thy face looks from the veil
  • Sweetly, and solemnly, and well,
  • 40Like to a thought of Raphaël.
  • Oh if that look can stoop so far,
  • Let it reach down from star to star
  • And try to see us where we are;
  • For the griefs we weep came like swift death,
  • But the slow comfort loitereth.
  • Sometimes it even seems to us
  • That we are overbold, when thus
  • We cry, and hope we shall be heard;—
  • Being much less than a short word,—
  • 50Mere shadow that abideth not,—
  • Dusty nothing, soon forgot.
  • O Lady Mary be not loth
  • To listen, thou whom the stars clothe!
  • Bend thine ear, and pour back thy hair,
  • And let our voice come to thee there
  • Where, seeing, thou mayst not be seen;
  • Help us a little, Mary queen!
  • Into the shadow thrust thy face,
  • Bowing thee from the glory-place,
  • 60Saint Mary the Virgin, full of grace!
By G. C. D. R.

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Note: DGR's early draft holograph of the first sonnet of the “Filii Filia” pair, with WMR's notes on the verso. Unwatermarked paper 18 x 11.2cm. The received revision of line 14 is written in pencil at the upper right corner of the manuscript; and the revisions in lines 9, 10, and 12 are all in pencil as well.
An Annunciation

(Early Florentine/Flemish German)

seen in a sale room
  • The lilies stand before her like a screen
  • Through which, upon this warm and solemn day,
  • God can be heard. And surely hears. For there she kneels to pray
  • To whom our prayers belong—Mary the Queen—
  • She was Faith's Present, parting what had been
  • From what began with her, and is for aye.
  • On either hand, God's twofold system lay:
  • With meek bowed face a Virgin prayed between.
  • So prays she, and the Dove flies over in to her,
  • 10 And she has turned. In At the low porch is one
  • Who looks as though deep awe made him to smile.
  • Heavy with heat, the plants give yield shadow there;
  • The loud flies cross each other in the sun;
  • And stretching back, the poplars form an aisle.
  • Added TextAnd the aisled pillars meet the poplar-aisle.
Nov. 1847
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Note: The page has WMR's note on DGR's poem on the overleaf: “This is one of the earliest of DGR's published poems—my impression is that it must be his first original sonnet, barring some of those written bouts rimes.”.
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Note: DGR's holograph fair copy of “A Sea-Spell”, on half-sheet (18.11.2cm).
A Sea-Spell
  • Her lute hangs shadowed in the apple-tree,
  • While flashing fingers weave the sweet-strung spell
  • Between its chords; and as the wild notes swell,
  • The sea-bird for those branches leaves the sea.
  • But to what sound her listening ear stoops she?
  • What netherworld gulf-whispers doth she hear,
  • In answering echoes from what planisphere,
  • Along the wind, along the estuary?
  • She sinks into her spell: and when full soon
  • 10 Her lips move and she soars into her song,
  • What creatures of the midmost main shall throng
  • In furrowed surf-clouds to the summoning rune;
  • Till he, the fated mariner, hears her cry,
  • And up her rock, bare-breasted, comes to die?
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Note: DGR's holograph fair copy on half sheet (18 x 11.2cm).
A Vision of Fiammetta
  • Behold Fiammetta, shown in Vision here.
  • Gloom-girt 'mid Spring-flushed apple-growth she stands;
  • And as she sways the branches with her hands,
  • Along her arm the sundered bloom falls sheer,
  • In separate petals shed, each like a tear;
  • While from the quivering bough the bird expands
  • His wings. And lo! thy spirit understands
  • Life shaken and shower'd and flown, and Death drawn near.
  • All stirs with change. Her garments beat the air:
  • 10 The angel circling round her aureole
  • Shimmers in flight against the tree's grey bole:
  • While she, with reassuring eyes most fair,
  • A presage and a promise stands; as 'twere
  • On Death's dark storm the rainbow of the Soul.
D. G. Rossetti1878
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Note: DGR's fair copy of “The Brothers”, copied on pages 1 and 3 of a small folded sheet (11.5 x 18 cm), with “Hamlet's Soliloquy, by the Laureate” on page 4.
The Brothers

by a Contemptuous Contemporary
  • We are two brothers of one race,
  • Though which acts fairest, who can trace?
  • (Mister Strahan's in a blue blue funk.)
  • Here are some poets and they sell,
  • Therefore revenge becomes me well
  • (For I Tom Maitland too am a skunk.)
  • Strahan pays: it would be a burning shame
  • If his should prove a losing game
  • (Poor dear Strahan in a blue blue funk.)
  • 10 So every blessed bard I'll slate
  • Till no one sells but the Laureate
  • (For I Tom Maitland write like a skunk.)
  • I took a beast of a poet's tome,
  • And nailed a cheque, & brought them home
  • (Dear dear Strahan get well of your funk.)
  • And after supper, in lieu of bed,
  • I warmed wet towels round my head,
  • (And there Tom Maitland sat like a skunk.)
  • Of eyelids kisd and all the rest
  • 20 And rosy cheeks that lie on one's breast
  • (Which put poor Strahan in a blue blue funk.)
  • I told the worst that tongue pen can tell,
  • And did my duty extremely well.
  • (For cant Tom Maitland just be a skunk?)
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  • I crowed out loud in the silent night,
  • I made my digs so sharp and bright.
  • (To think that Strahan's in a blue blue funk!)
  • In our Contemptuous Review
  • I stuck the beggar through and through
  • 30 (Yes, Strahan, Tom Maitland can be a skunk!)
  • Today as I'm told these bards were read,
  • But tonight they are so, so jolly dead!
  • (Who says that Strahan's in a blue blue funk?)
  • And now they're wrapped in a printer's sheet,
  • Let's fling them at the Laureate's feet.
  • (Yet what if he say, poor Tom's a skunk?)
  • There was a contemptuous review
  • Of me!—indeed, there were one or two
  • Some time back in my mortal funk.
  • 40And the same folks praised a beast like this!
  • But by Jove! He'll learn now what it is
  • To be despised by a common skunk.
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Note: DGR's fair copy holograph of “Hamlet's Soliloquy. By the Laureate”: see editor's note for previous page.
Hamlet's Soliloquy. By the Laureate
  • To be or not to be (that is the question)
  • A pill for Strahan's increasing indigestion.
  • Whether 'tis nobler in the mind a bard to suffer
  • The trading tricks of that outrageous buffer
  • Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
  • And keep my copyrights his stipend doubles?
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Note: DGR's notes and designs for the picture frame for Fazio's Mistress sent to George Boyce, dated Feb. 1861 by DGR. In the page center DGR writes “Square Frame / Bonifazio's Mistress”, and surrounding it on the page are twelve designs for bosses for the picture: iris, poppy, wood sorrel, hemlock, with the names for each written inside the poppy blossom. Page size: 16 x 21 cm.
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Note: Four draft holograph stanzas (5, 6, 1 and 2) of “A Year and A Day”by Elizabeth Siddal with two photographs of drawings of her by DGR.
  • Still it is but the memory
  • Of something I have seen
  • In the dreamy summer weather
  • When the green leaves came between
  • The shadow of my dear love's face
  • So far and strange it seems
  • The river ever running down
  • Between its grassy bed
  • The voices of a thousand Birds
  • That sing above my head
  • Shall bring to me a sudden dream
  • When this sad dream is dead
  • How days have grown into a year
  • Sad hours that bring the day.
  • Since I could take my first dear Love
  • And kiss him the old way
  • Still the green leaves touch me on the cheek
  • Dear Christ this month of May
  • I lie among the tall green grass
  • That spreads above my head
  • And covers up my wasted cheek
  • And folds me in its bed
  • Tenderly and lovingly
  • Like grass upon the dead.
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