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Now Lies the Earth...

I was reminded of this gorgeous, sexy poem while reading (the excellent) The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark:

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white;
Nor waves the cypress in the palace walk;
Nor winks the gold fin in the porphyry font;
The firefly wakens, waken thou with me.

Now droops the milk-white peacock like a ghost,
And like a ghost she glimmers on to me.

Now lies the Earth all Danaë to the stars,
And all thy heart lies open unto me.

Now slides the silent meteor on, and leaves
A shining furrow, as thy thoughts, in me.

Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake.
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
Into my bosom and be lost in me.

Titian's Danaë (1553: Prado, Madrid)

Christmas Projects (for next year...)

Christmas Projects (for next year...)Attempt the minimalist Christmas tree bookshelf. Variations from apartment therapy and (too 'designed' for me) modern design.







Christmas Projects (for next year...)Apart from the whole meltingly hot aspect of an Australian Christmas, I love the idea of this candy wreath from skip to my lou. Tho' why cut the sweets/lollies/candy off? Eating by unwrapping one end would leave a fluffy silver-papery wreath.




Christmas Projects (for next year...)Make your own paper Hermes Kelly gift bag with downloadable patterns (from the Hermes site).




Christmas Projects (for next year...)Recycled gift tags made from glossy catalogues and magazines by peapods.





Christmas Projects (for next year...)I confess that I was inspired by these crocheted candy chains (from dollar stores crafts) to finger-stitch some chains with bells and buttons instead of lollies... for the cats.
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