Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: Sonnets of Three Centuries
Author: T. Hall Caine, editor
Date of publication: 1882
Publisher: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row
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Editorial Note (page ornament): First letter of the first stanza is an ornate block-H
HERE writ was the World's History by his hand
- Whose steps knew all the earth; albeit his
- In these few piteous paces then was furled.
- Here daily, hourly, have his proud feet spanned
- This smaller speck than the receding land
- Had ever shown his ships; what time he hurled
- Abroad o'er new-found regions spiced and pearled
- His country's high dominion and command.
- Here dwelt two spheres. The vast terrestrial zone
10His spirit traversed; and that spirit was
- Itself the zone celestial, round whose birth
- The planets played within the zodiac's girth;
- Till hence, through unjust death unfeared, did pass
- His spirit to the only land unknown.
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