The Soul of a Rose by John William Waterhouse

This week’s featured image is:

The Soul of the Rose, aka My Sweet Rose, 1908, John William Waterhouse.


The classic red-haired beauty stopping to “smell the roses” is thought to have been inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, “Come Into The Garde, Maud” of a woman pining for her lost love.

I love the glorious summer image here and the mediterranean flavor of the terracotta tiles and arched windows.  The rose is the flower for June and the pearl (as seen in her hair) the gemstone of the month. This poem has inspired me in some of my own writings over the years as well.

Here is a sample of the poem:

I said to the rose, “The brief night goes
In babble and revel and wine.

O young lordlover, what sighs are those
For one that will never be thine?
But mine, but mine,” so I sware to the rose,
“For ever and ever, mine. ”

And the soul of the rose went into my blood,
As the music clash’d in the hall;
And long by the garden lake I stood,
For I heard your rivulet fall
From the lake to the meadow and on to the wood,
Our wood, that is dearer than all;

From the meadow your walks have left so sweet
That whenever a March-wind sighs
He sets the jewelprint of your feet
In violets blue as your eyes,
To the woody hollows in which we meet
And the valleys of Paradise

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