"Isabella, or the Pot of Basil"
1877, Oil on canvas, 50 x 71 cm
City of London Corporation
(via BBC - Your Paintings)
"Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil"
Then in a silken scarf,—sweet with the dews
Of precious flowers pluck’d in Araby,
And divine liquids come with odorous ooze
Through the cold serpent pipe refreshfully,
—She wrapp’d it up; and for its tomb did choose
A garden-pot, wherein she laid it by,
And cover’d it with mould, and o’er it set
Sweet Basil, which her tears kept ever wet.