victorian sculpture

Love, strong as Death, is dead.
Come, let us make his bed
Among the dying flowers:
A green turf at his head;
And a stone at his feet,
Whereon we may sit
In the quiet evening hours.

He was born in the Spring,
And died before the harvesting:
On the last warm summer day
He left us; he would not stay
For Autumn twilight cold and grey.
Sit we by his grave, and sing
He is gone away.

To few chords and sad and low
Sing we so:
Be our eyes fixed on the grass
Shadow-veiled as the years pass
While we think of all that was
In the long ago.
- An End, Christina Rossetti

detail Mary Munro, c. 1861, Alexander Munro

Stereoview portrait of an unidentified woman, c. 1860′s. Attributed to George Stacy.

Source: Library of Congress.