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The first few stanzas of the 19th century poem “Summer” by Christina Rossetti read:

Winter is cold-hearted,
Spring is yea and nay,
Autumn is a weathercock blown every way;

Summer days for me
when every leaf is on its tree;
When Robin's not a beggar,
and Jenny Wren's a bride,
and larks hang singing, singing, singing,
over the wheat-fields wide,
and anchored lilies ride,
and the pendulum spider swings side to side.

Painted in watercolor with a hazy beach beyond, the bay laurel leaves have heavy purple berries. Extra-heavy handmade paper, here in the US, is from Twinrocker Paper in Brookston, IN, with hand deckled edges, about 10 x 12 inches. Will ship flat with cardboard support in acid-free tissue to frame at your discretion. I recommend mounting on top of a colored, acid-free, uncut mat to get the full beauty of the deckled edge.

Original painting, not a copy, signed and dated 2010. Have to admit, can't wait for summer and want it to last forever.

Rossetti Poem /Summer/ original watercolor painting with calligraphy on handmade paper