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Appendix Six. Ballads and Sonnets: Bibliographical Summaries

Appendix Six. Ballads and Sonnets: Bibliographical Summaries

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Unpublished and Excluded Sonnets

Notebook No. 3, p. 22

‘As much as in a hundred years

she’s dead

Yet is today the day on which she

died’ [dated verso ‘June 21 1879’]

p. 25

‘Is Memory most of miseries


Or the one flower of ease in bitterest


‘Or give ten years of life’s most

bitter wane

To see the loved one as she was

again.’ [lines 6–7]

Notebook No. 4, p. 32

‘Ah! if you had been lost for many


And from the dead today were

risen again.’

Duke III {printed PFB 1): 76}:

‘The glass stands empty of all

things it knew’

‘O thou whose name, being alone,


I utter oft, and though thou art not


Toward thine imaged presence kiss

the air.’

‘I saw the love which was my

life flow past

’Twixt shadowed reaches like a

murmuring stream

I was awake – and lo! it was a dream.’

‘Or give ten years of life’s most

bitter wane

To see the loved one as she was



(1) (2) DAM Box 22, folder ‘O thou whose name’

This unpublished, untitled and incomplete draft exists in two MSS versions

in the Bancroft Collection: the version given here is based on the fuller of the

two. As the MS Sources cited above show, the sonnet was built up from

various notebook entries over a period of perhaps nine years. The development of the poem from notebooks through two MS drafts, even though

aborted, reveals DGR’s usual methods of expanding departicularization and

fabricating an apparently ‘occasional’ sonnet from many sources.


1. The first draft, DAM(1), reads:

1 O thou whose name being alone


2 I utter oft, & though thou art not


3 Around this

pictured presence see the air

4 Lit as with starbreath, art thou

tow’rds me bow’d,

5 Who wd not for one bride-pulse

seek the shroud

6 Or give the years of

life’s most bitter wane

7 To see the loved one as she was


8 And Death with one more life go

plumed & proud?


The glass stands empty of all

things it knew/ Here in our


Appendix Eight

2. Revisions in DAM(2):

3 Perceive


Aye, vainly now poor wretch



yearn to yield thy life’s most


9 With many

erst was two:>/

Stand in this chamber, one

where erst were two:

12 < <> hath not

Memory here a> hath sweet

Memory here her

3. These MSS were described and

partly transcribed in PFB 3): 59–60

and in Wallerstein 1929: 283–84).

4. I have dated this sonnet 1880

because the latest notebook sources

are from that year and both penmanship and paper used confirm

an 1880 date, when DGR was

revising sonnets with a view to


including them in HL. The

watermarked paper used in both

drafts is identical with that for the

DAM MS of Found, which can be

dated 1881. The poem was

obviously left unfinished. It seems

both too unpolished and too

personal for HL; the dual second

person imperatives make it difficult

to know when the poet addresses

himself and when he speaks

rhetorically to his dead beloved. Yet

important themes and images from

the sequence appear here,

especially the motif of the Old Love

(24 & 36). Line 11 echoes the first

line of Sonnet 53, Without Her:

‘What of her glass without her?’ as

well as notebook fragments. If

published, Alone might have

troubled the biographical critics.

Despite the late date, references

here are far more suggestive of EES

than of JM. The dead beloved seems

to be one with the Old Love. Yet its

tone would place it in Part II of the

sequence, definitely postWillowwood, perhaps close to

Ardour and Memory (64).


of Works Cited or Consulted

Prefatory Note

There is neither a full bibliography of DGR nor any variorum ed.

of HL that compiles an exhaustive list of books, articles and notes

referring to it. The most helpful works are PRISM Sections 1 and 22–33,

the bibliographies in WEF (especially Vols II, V and IX), ALC, Gregory

1931, Ghose 1929, Fennell 1982 and the annual bibliographies reviewing the year’s work on Victorian poetry issued by various periodicals

such as VP, VS, YWES, JPRS and PMLA. McGann’s Rossetti Archive,

Tobin’s Pre-Raphaelite Critic website and Chaudburi’s LITIR database also provide extensive bibliographical information. Throughout

my text works from the list below are briefly cited using the author’s

last name, year of publication and page or letter numbers. References

to WEF, DW, Lang and Bryson are by letter number except where

page numbers are given for notes and non-DGR letters; Peattie letter

numbers are prefaced by ‘No.’

Baum, Paull F., ed. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Poems, Ballads and Sonnets. Selections

from His Posthumous Poems and from His Translations. New York:

Doubleday Doran, 1937.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Catalogue of the Permanent Collection

of Drawings. Derby: Bembrose & Sons, 1939.

Blackwood, Algernon. Tongues of Fire and Other Sketches. London: Jenkins,


_____. Short Stories of Today and Yesterday. London: Harrap, 1930.

Blunt, Wilfred S. My Diaries: 1888–1914. New York: Knopf, 1921.

Boos, Florence Saunders. The Poetry of Dante G. Rossetti: A Critical Reading

and Source Study. The Hague: Mouton, 1976.

Burnett, T. A. J. The British Library Catalogue of the Ashley Manuscripts.

London: The British Library, 1999.

Caine, T. Hall, ed. Sonnets of Three Centuries. London: Stock, 1882.

_____. My Story. London: Heinemann, 1908.

Carter, John. Review of Fraser 1972 in TLS (17 Nov 1972): 1404.

Chaudburi, Brahma. Bibliography on Demand: The Rossettis 1970–1985. LITIR

Database. Edmonton: University of Alberta, 1987.

Condivi, Ascanio. Vita di Michelangelo Buonarroti. A cura di Giovani Nencioni.

Firenze: Lungarno Guicciardino, 1998.



Dannreuther, Edward George. Love-Lily and Other Songs by D. G. Rossetti.

London: Novello, 1884.

Delsey, Thomas J. ‘A Variorum Edition of D. G. Rossetti’s The House of Life.’

Unpublished dissertation (WorldCat), Harvard University, 1976.

Earle, J. C. Review of Poems in Catholic World (1874): 263–72.

Elzea, Rowland, ed. The Correspondence between Samuel Bancroft, Jr. and

Charles Fairfax Murray 1892–1916. Delaware Art Museum Occasional

Paper No. 2. Wilmington, DE: DAM, 1980.

Elzea, Rowland and Betty. The Pre-Raphaelite Era 1848–1914. Exhibition

Catalogue. Wilmington DE: Wilmington Society for the Fine Arts, 1976.

Faithfull, Emily. A Welcome. London: Emily Faithfull, 1863.

Fennell, Francis L. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: an Annotated Bibliography. New

York: Garland, 1982.

_____. ‘The Rossetti Collection at the Library of Congress.’ Bulletin of

Bibliography (Sep 1973): 132–36.

Fleming, Gordon H. Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. London: HartDavies, 1967.

_____. That Ne’er Shall Meet Again: Rossetti, Millais, Hunt. London: Joseph, 1971.

Forman, Harry Buxton. Our Living Poets: An Essay in Criticism. London: Tinsley,

1871. Repr. New York: Garland, 1986. Pp. 185–228 repeats in substance

Forman’s piece on DGR published in Tinsley’s Magazine (Sep 69): 142–51.

Fraser, Robert S., ed. Essays on the Rossettis. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University

Library, 1972. Special issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle

commemorating Princeton’s acquisition of the Troxell Rossetti Collection.

Fredeman, William E. ‘“Fundamental Brainwork”: The Correspondence

between Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Thomas Hall Caine.’ AUMLA (Nov

1979): 209–31.

_____. The Letters of Pictor Ignotus: William Bell Scott’s Correspondence with

Alice Boyd, 1859–1884. Manchester: John Rylands Library, 1976.

_____. Prelude to the Last Decade: Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the Summer of 1872.

Manchester: John Rylands Library, 1971. Abridged as Appendix 9 in

WEF, Vol. V.

_____. ‘Rossetti’s In Memoriam: An Elegiac Reading of The House of Life.’ BJRL

(Mar 1965): 298–341.

Gates, Barbara. ‘Revising The House of Life: A Look At Seven Unpublished

Sonnets’ in VP (Spring 1983): 65–78.

Ghose, S. N. Dante Gabriel Rossetti & Contemporary Criticism (1849–1882). Dijon:

Imprimerie Darantiere, 1929 (diss. Strasbourg, 1929). [Identification of

contemporary reviews and articles on DGR with excerpts from them: for

Poems, see pp. 106–83; for B&S, see pp. 206–36.]

Gordon, Kathryn I. ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s House of Life: A Critical

Edition.’ Unpublished dissertation (DA 29), Boston University, 1968.

Gregory, John B. ‘A Bibliography and Reference Guide to the Life and Works

of Dante Gabriel Rossetti with a Study of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement.‘

2 vols. Unpublished dissertation, University of London, 1931.



Harrison, Anthony, ed. The Letters of Christina Rossetti. 4 vols. Charlottesville,

VA: UP of Virginia, 1997–2000.

Jones, Robert C. Poems of the Inner Life. London: Sampson Low, Low and

Marston, 1866.

Keane, Robert N. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: The Poet as Craftsman. Studies in

Nineteenth Century British Literature. New York: Peter Lang, 2002.

Lasner, Mark Samuels. A Bibliographical Essay on ‘Hand and Soul’. Rossetti

Hypermedia Research Archive, 1997.

Lewis, Roger C. The Poetic Integrity of D. G. Rossetti’s Sonnet Sequence ‘The

House of Life,’ Unpublished dissertation, University of Toronto, 1969.

_____, and Mark Samuels Lasner, eds. Poems and Drawings of Elizabeth Siddal.

Wolfville, NS: Wombat Press, 1978

_____. The Making of Rossetti’s Ballads and Sonnets and Poems (1881),’ in

Centennial Essays on Dante Gabriel Rossetti, ed. William E. Fredeman. West

Virginia University: Double issue of VP (Autumn-Winter 1982): 199–216.

McGann, Jerome. The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti:

A Hypermedia Research Archive.


_____, ed. Collected Poetry and Prose by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. New Haven,

CT: Yale UP, 2003.

Mackail, J. W. The Life of William Morris. 2 vols. London: Longmans, Green, 1899.

Main, David. A Treasury of English Sonnets. Manchester: Alexander Ireland

and Co., 1880.

Marchand, Leslie A. ‘The Symington Collection.’ Journal of Rutgers University

Library. (Dec 1948): 1–15.

Metzdorf, Robert F., comp. The Tinker Library: A Bibliographical Catalogue of

the Books and Manuscripts Collected by Chauncey Brewster Tinker. New

Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1959.

Miller, Frances. Catalogue of the William James Stillman Collection.

Schenectady, NY: Friends of the Union College Library, 1974.

Noble, James Ashcroft. ‘The Sonnet in England.’ Contemporary Review (Jul–

Dec 1880): 446–471. Repr. in Noble’s The Sonnet in England and Other

Essays. London: Elkin Mathews and John Lane, 1893: [3]–63.

Notes on the Royal Academy Exhibition, 1868. Part I by WMR. Part II by ACS.

London: John Camden Hotten, 1868. Repr. New York: AMS Press, 1976.

Pàntini, Romualdo. ‘La “Casa di Vita” di Dante Gabriele Rossetti.’ L’Italia

Moderna (August 1904): 527–38.

Prideaux, W. F. ‘Additions to the Bibliography of the Works of Dante Gabriel

Rossetti.’ Bibliographer, II (Apr 1903): 243–47.

_____. ‘Rossetti Bibliography.’ N&Q II (10 Dec 1904): 464–65 [on dating Sonnet

86, Lost Days.]

Robillard, Douglas J. ‘Rossetti’s Willowwood Sonnets and the Structure of The

House of Life.’ VN (Fall 1962): 5–9.

Rosenbach, A. S. W. A Book Hunter’s Treasury. Philadelphia: Rosenbach

Foundation, 1931.



Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. The House of Life by Dante Gabriel Rossetti Being Now

for The First Time Given in Its Full Text. Boston: Copeland and Day, 1894.

[This ed. included all eleven lyrics and Sonnet V (Nuptial Sleep) present in

the seventh ed. of Poems but omitted from B&S.]

Rossetti, William Michael, ed. The Germ … Being a Facsimile Reprint of the

Literary Organ of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Published in 1850: With an

Introduction. London: Stock, 1901. Repr. in Robert Stahr Hosmon, ed. The

Germ: A Pre-Raphaelite Little Magazine. Coral Gables, FL: U Miami P, 1970.

_____. The Poems of D.G. Rossetti with Illustrations from His Own Pictures and

Designs. 2 vols. London: Ellis, 1904.

_____. Praeraphaelite Diaries and Letters. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1900.

Sharp, William. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Record and a Study. London: Macmillan,

1882. Repr. New York: AMS Press, 1970.

_____, ed. Sonnets of This Century. London: Walter Scott, 1886.

Smetham, Sarah, and William Davies, eds. Letters of James Smetham, with an

Introductory Memoir. London: Macmillan, 1891.

Stephens, Frederic G. Dante Gabriel Rossetti. London: Seeley, 1894.

Stillman, William J. Autobiography of a Journalist. 2 vols. Boston: Houghton,

Mifflin, 1901.

Stoppard, Tom. Travesties. London: Grove Press, 1975

Surtees, Virginia, ed. The Diary of Ford Madox Brown. New Haven, CT: Mellon

Center for Studies in British Art, Yale UP, 1981.

Swinburne, Algernon Charles. ‘The Poems of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.’ Essays

and Studies. London: Chatto and Windus, 1875. [Reprint of ACS’ review.

of Poems. For other reviews of Poems see WEF Appendix 5, Vol. V.]

Symonds, John Addington. ‘Notes on Mr D. G. Rossetti’s New Poems.’

Macmillan’s Magazine (Feb 82): 318–28. [Quoted in Ghose 1929: 216–20.]

Tobin, Thomas J. Pre-Raphaelite Critic: Periodical Criticism of the Pre-Raphaelite

Movement: 1846–1900. http://www.engl.duq.edu/servus/PR_Critic.

Troxell, Janet Camp. Three Rossettis. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1937.

_____. ‘The “Trial Books” of D. G. Rossetti.’ Colophon (Spring 1938): 243–58;

[Repr. Fraser 1972: 177–92.]

Ullman, S. O. A. Rossetti, Stillman, and the Union College ‘Willowwood’

Manuscripts. Schenectady, NY: Union College Library, 1985.

Vogel, Joseph F. ‘The House of Life, LXXXVII.’ Explicator (Apr 1963): item 64.

Waddington, Samuel, ed. English Sonnets by Poets of the Past. London: George

Bell, 1882.

_____. English Sonnets by Living Writers. London: 1884.

_____. The Sonnets of Europe. London: Walter Scott, 1886.

Wallerstein, Ruth. ‘The Bancroft Manuscripts of Rossetti’s Sonnets, with the

Text of Two Hitherto Unpublished Sonnets.’ MLN (May 1929): 279–84.

Watts-Dunton, Theodore. ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s New Poems.’ The Athenæum

(8 Oct 81): 457–60.

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