LOVE AND HATE (by Elizabeth Siddal)

Lizzie Siddel was the model for such painters as John William Waterhouse and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She was also a poet in her own right.

Ope not thy lips, thou foolish one,
Nor turn to me thy face;
The blasts of heaven shall strike thee down
Ere I will give thee grace.

Take thou thy shadow from my path,
Nor turn to me and pray;
The wild wild winds thy dirge may sing
Ere I will bid thee stay.

Turn thou away thy false dark eyes,
Nor gaze upon my face;
Great love I bore thee: now great hate
Sits grimly in its place.

All changes pass me like a dream,
I neither sing nor pray;
And thou art like the poisonous tree
That stole my life away.

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2 thoughts on “LOVE AND HATE (by Elizabeth Siddal)

    1. I was surprised, too. I have another of hers I am going to post soon. I’ve posted one by Christina Rosetti herself today.

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