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The girls sing songs to the brothers, and to each other, inscribing poems to “my loving sister”; when Dante Gabriel, budding forth as artist, wishes a model for a Madonna, he chooses his sister Christina, and in his sketch mantles the plain features with a divine gentleness and heavenly splendor such as only the loving heart can conjure forth.
On the monument were the golden prows of ships, lions and bulls in Persian fashion, and hollow sculptures of Sirens, in each of which a living person could stand and sing songs of lamentation for his dead friend.
We sing songs for a long time; we chant them to the wind in the pine-trees.