A companion piece for Veronica Veronese, Sea
Spell, illustrates the lines from Coleridge's Kubla Khan:
A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw.
Rossetti himself also wrote an accompanying sonnet:
Her lute hangs shadowed in the apple tree,
While flashing fingers weave the sweet-strung spell
Between its chords; and as the wild notes swell,
The sea-bird for those branches leaves the sea.
But to what sound her listening ear stoops she?
What netherworld gulf-whispers hoes she hear,
In answering echoes from what planisphere,
Along the wind, along the estuary?
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti