Happy birthday DGR

So Rossetti has a birthday today and I’m indulging my DPC (Dead Person Crush!). Of course, I am thinking about when he looked like this: 

Rather than:  
So to celebrate, here’s my favourite painting of his, and my favourite poem. 


 Sudden Light

          I HAVE been here before, 
              But when or how I cannot tell: 
          I know the grass beyond the door, 
              The sweet keen smell, 
    The sighing sound, the lights around the shore. 

          You have been mine before,— 
              How long ago I may not know: 
          But just when at that swallow’s soar 
              Your neck turned so, 
    Some veil did fall,—I knew it all of yore. 

          Has this been thus before? 
              And shall not thus time’s eddying flight 
          Still with our lives our love restore 
              In death’s despite, 
    And day and night yield one delight once more? 



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