Monday, February 24, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

'Una and the Lion' William Bell Scott, 1860

Inspired by ‘The Farie Queen’ by Spenser in which the lion acts as Una’s protector

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Passing Cloud, Arthur Hughes

Elizabeth Siddal

Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal (25 July 1829 – 11 February 1862)

DEAD LOVE - Elizabeth Siddal

Oh never weep for love that’s dead
Since love is seldom true
But changes his fashion from blue to red,
From brightest red to blue,
And love was born to an early death
And is so seldom true.

Then harbour no smile on your bonny face
To win the deepest sigh.
The fairest words on truest lips
Pass on and surely die,
And you will stand alone, my dear,
When wintry winds draw nigh.

Sweet, never weep for what cannot be,
For this God has not given.
If the merest dream of love were true
Then, sweet, we should be in heaven,
And this is only earth, my dear,
Where true love is not given.
"Elizabeth Siddall Plaiting her Hair" drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti