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Crevice Weeds Writings—«waifs of many a wreck»—motley and fragmentary writings—sketchy and faulty—failed, perhaps—unconfined—along the borders, upon the thresholds and into the chinks of literature, «as foam that the sea-winds fret»…

Happiness: An Image


Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Merlin and Nimue (1861)
Victoria and Albert Museum (England)
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Once upon a time, the wise Merlin set forth happiness with words he had often said to his beloved Nimue:

«To kiss longingly and lingeringly all your lips with my lips whilst you thrash and wave and moan, till you swoon rapturously in pure bliss»…