E.Nesbit poem: To a picture by Giovanni Bellini (1888)

by Anna Blanch on March 1, 2011

To A picture by Giovanni Bellini
E.Nesbit
DEAR Lady, In whose I see,
All that I would and cannot be,
Let thy pure light for ever shine.
Though dimly, through this life of mine !
Though what I dream, and what I do.
In prayer’s despite are always two,
Light me, through a maze of deeds undone,
O thou whose deeds and dreams are one !
And though through mists of strife and tears,
A world away my star appears,
Yet let Death’s sunrise shine on me.
Still reaching arms and heart to thee !
E. Nesbit.
This poem was included in the 1888 collection titled Easter-tide and published by E.P. Dutton. It is an example of Ekphrasis in Nesbit’s poetry!

Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland., where she’s presently writing her PhD on E.Nesbit. She is also a regular contributor to Transpositions.

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