Yet come to me in dreams, that I may live My very life again though cold in death: Come back to me in dreams, that I may give Pulse for pulse, breath for breath: Speak low, lean low, As long ago, my love, how long ago!
Introduction to Echo: The poem by Rossetti is her reminiscing about her lost love and wishes for the images of her lover to revert back to her like an echo.
Water is seen as a force of judgement. His wife, Hera, became jealous and arrived to catch him in the act. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand.
This is a likely metaphor for death, the finality of the loved one leaving and never returning. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.