To wombat, or not to wombat

Inspired by artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s passion for wombats, every Friday is Wombat Friday at Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. “The Wombat is a Joy, a Triumph, a Delight, a Madness!” ~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti

This week in the Pre-Raphaelite blogosphere:

Kirsty Stonell Walker wrote an excellent post on Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s reputation in the 20th century.  

Last night I shared the concept of art as a mirror and how it can heal.

Upcoming exhibit news: Enchanted Dreams: The Pre-Raaphaelite Art of Edward Robert Hughes 

William Morris redux: Hip east London lifestyle brand House of Hackney reimagines William Morris designs for the 21st-century.

A moving video by Valerie Meachum:  Lord, May I Come, a dramatic enactment of Elizabeth Siddal’s poem.

Life and night are falling from me,
Death and day are opening on me,
Wherever my footsteps come and go,
Life is a stony way of woe.
Lord, have I long to go?

Hallow hearts are ever near me,
Soulless eyes have ceased to cheer me:
Lord, may I come to thee?

Life and youth and summer weather
To my heart no joy can gather.
Lord, lift me from life’s stony way!
Loved eyes long closed in death watch for me:
Holy death is waiting for me —
Lord, may I come to-day?

My outward life feels sad and still
Like lilies in a frozen rill;
I am gazing upwards to the sun,
Lord, Lord, remembering my lost one.
O Lord, remember me!

How is it in the unknown land?
Do the dead wander hand in hand?
God, give me trust in thee.

Do we clasp dead hands and quiver
With an endless joy for ever?
Do tall white angels gaze and wend
Along the banks where lilies bend?
Lord, we know not how this may be:
Good Lord we put our faith in thee —
O God, remember me. — Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal

Jane Morris and wombat, drawn by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Jane Morris and wombat, drawn by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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