garden locked is my sister, my bride,
a garden locked, a fountain sealed.
(Song of Solomon 4:12)
The landscape of romance and love opens to us in a full range
of writings from those of ancient philosophers to the world of
tales. Because of love's great power to move the imagination,
its landscape is furnished with joy and profound tragedy. Within
its precincts we glimpse the power of beauty to capture the heart
and mind and to reorder life. We hear the poet's song of
beauty beheld, of sacrifice and restoration, of love's
longing and consummation.
1764–1773. Sèvres factory, Sèvres,
France. British Museum: