'The Blessed Damozel' - literary links
Extract from Rossetti's poem 'The Blessed Damozel'
The blessed damozel leaned out
From the gold bar of Heaven;
Her eyes were deeper than the depth
Of waters stilled at even;
She had three lilies in her hand
And the stars in her hair were seven.
It was the rampart of God's house
That she was standing on;
By God built over the sheer depth
The which is Space begun;
So high, that looking downward thence
She scarce could see the sun .
'I wish that he were come to me,
For he will not come,' she said.
'Have I not prayed in Heaven? - on earth,
Lord, Lord, has he not pray'd?
Are not two prayers a perfect strength?
And shall I feel afraid?'