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Poem of the week: a selection from Verses for Pictures by William Morris


William Morris’s collection of miniature verses relating to paintings or tapestries is a great introduction to the English designer’s verse

I am Winter that do keep
Longing safe amidst of sleep:
Who shall say if I were dead
What should be remembered?

The Woodpecker
I once a King and chief
Now am the tree-bark’s thief,
Ever ’twixt trunk and leaf
Chasing the prey.

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