Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Painter Poet of Heaven in Earth: Rossetti Archive Document
Author: R. L. Mégroz
Date of publication: 1929
Publisher: Faber & Gwyer
Printer: Chiswick Press

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It was inexact to describe this piece, which Polidori printed in 1843, as a “first attempt”, for The Slave , dated in his fifth year, and a prose romance, never finished, called Sorrentino , written during school years, preceded it. But in writing to Swinburne in 1870 the poet describes a still later piece, written in 1845, as “what I may call my first poem (after still more childish things) I believe, and enclose it you for a lark. Of course it is on nothing less than Napoleon at Waterloo!” 1 It is called “The End Of It”, and has a biographical interest, showing that the youthful Dante Gabriel was not quite oblivious of the world's events. Here are two of the four stanzas which are printed in Mr. Wise's Catalogue:
  • His brows met, and his teeth were set,
  • And his mouth seemed in pain,
  • And madness closed and grappled with him
  • As they turned his bridle-rein.
  • And albeit his eyes went everywhere,
  • Yet they saw not anything:
  • And he drew the bit tightly, for he thought
  • That his horse was stumbling.

Transcribed Footnote (page 40):

1 Vol. iii, Catalogue of the Ashley Library.

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  • There was a great shouting about him
  • 10And the weight of a great din:
  • But what was the battle he had around
  • To the battle he had within?
  • A pond in motion to the stress of the ocean,
  • A lamp to a furnace-eye,
  • Or the wind's wild-weeping fits
  • To the voice of Austerlitz
  • When it shook upon the sky.
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