Did another woodcut, this time of Christina Rossetti from a drawing by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I am an admirer of her “Goblin Market,” but her “Echo” is my favorite poem which I illustrated using the woodcut image. I also used the image for her poem, “A Birthday”. A copy of each can be purchased at www.poeticexpressions,etsy.com.
Come to me in the silence of the night;
Come in the speaking silence of a dream;
Come with soft rounded cheeks and eyes as bright
As sunlight on a stream;
Come back in tears,
O memory, hope, love of finished years.
O dream how sweet, too sweet, too bitter sweet
Whose wakening should have been in Paradise,
Where souls brimful of love abide and meet;
Where thirsty longing eyes
Watch the slow door
That opening, letting in, lets out no more.
Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live
My very life again though cold in death:
Come back to me in dreams that I may give
Pulse for pulse, breath for breath:
Speak low, lean low,
As long ago, my love, how long ago.