Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription

Document Title: A Sixth English Poet (Dante Gabriel Rossetti)
Author: William Sharp
Author: Fiona Macleod
Date of Composition: 1881 October 22
Type of Manuscript: holograph fair copy

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A Sixth English Poet.

(Dante Gabriel Rossetti)

being an addition to the series of five

in the Ballads and Sonnets

  • The hollow sound of shoreless seas is thine,
  • Of vast green waves that thunder as they sweep
  • Like frowns across the dark face of the deep:
  • With sweet sad lovely interludes that shine
  • Fair places in thy verse, 'neath skies benign
  • And shadowy boughs where thro' the moontide sleep
  • The thrushes whose full notes shall erewhile leap
  • From song-dreams to a tide of song divine.
  • Singer, whose hand hath struck the chord that make
  • 10The souls of men feel less life's burdening day
  • And hopeful for some calm rejoicing other,—
  • Shakespeare and Dante, Milton, Shelley, take
  • Thy hands in theirs, with welcoming lips that say
  • “We waited long to throne thee with us, Brother”!

William Sharp

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