'It is sweet to do nothing',
is not the motto I'd choose for the Pre-Raphaelites.
Would it be churlish of me to admit that their industry exhausts me?
Tiles, embroideries, bed hangings and counterpanes, screens,
huge tapestries, sculptures, painted furniture, book illustrations,
wallpaper and fabric design, poetry, calligraphy,
stained glass, paintings full of shimmering,
glowing, painstaking detail.
Nothing escaped their attentions.
Yes, I've just come back from the Tate exhibition
and feel quite feeble.
How did they do it all?
And have time for affairs?
And die young?
For a more mature appraisal of all things
Pre-Raph do look here.
* William Holman Hunt