WestWords Perfect Pair 04.08.2014


William Morris was an English Textile designer, artist and writer who founded a design firm in partnership with the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and the poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He was a prolific writer of poetry, his first volume In Defence Of Guinevere was published in 1858.  He also wrote essays, and translations of ancient and medieval texts, including Germanic and Norse writings.  His fantasy fiction novel, The Wood Beyond The World is considered to have heavily influenced C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series, while Tolkien was inspired by Morris’s reconstructions of early Germanic life in The House of the Wolfings. He died in 1896.  This is:

Love Is Enough

By William Morris
Love is enough: though the World be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder
And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass’d over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover. 

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