Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: D. G. R.
Author: J. W. Inchbold
Date of Composition: 1882
Type of Manuscript: holograph
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- Sunshine of day, & clear starlight of night!
- Pleasure of beauty, the joy of delight!
- Glory of passion, & splendour of pride!
- Death has touched all, & we mourn by his side.
- Thought that was subtle, & hand that was strong,
- Voice always sweet, although sweetest in song,
- Friend never tiring, a foe that forgot,
- Long must we grieve for death's merciless shot.
- Sorrow of ours thy blessing may prove,
10Far in the endless dim regions of love
- Petrarch & Dante their brother will greet,
- Soul unto soul bringing sympathy sweet:
- Luini the master of colour & force
- Who in the rainbow discovered art's source
- Fertile & fair, a companion shall know,
- As light from thy spirit unceasing shall flow.
- We who have
tasked witnessed the strength of thy gift,
- Seen the creation no creature may sift,
- Joy'd in the beauty thy art has made clear,
20Wonder if heaven more fair may appear.
Manuscript Addition: Inchbold
Editorial Description: WMR's pencil notation below the text
- Silent has hurried the world as it passed
- Gifts that were rare & wantonly cast
- Paused scarcely any contented to find
- Wealth that ennobles the pure of mankind.
- Loved to the last!
as the seasons go by
- Waves shall breathe ever rememberingly,
- Winds shall make music around thy green grave,
- Whilst Beauty shall marvel her hand could not save.
J. W. I.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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