Most famously known for her love affair with Virginia Woolf the socialite, poet, garden designer and novelest Vita Sackville-West was born on this day in 1892. Below is a recently discovered poem that was written originally in French for another of her lovers, Violet Trefusis.
Vita was the inspiration for the character Orlando in Woolf’s eponymous novel.
Of course, just in case there is any confusion, Vita is no relation of Bilbo or Frodo Baggins, not even through the line of the Sackville-Baggins. However J.R.R. Tolkien did move in the same society as the aristocratic Bloombury set and would undoubtely have known of Vita Sackville-West. Perhaps they did not get on and he gave half her name and her hyphen to his most dislikable hobbit.
In a strange turn of coincidence one of the lead characters in the Lord of the Rings is played by Orlando Bloom.
Lost Poem; by Vita Sackville-West
When sometimes I stroll in silence, with you
Through great floral meadows of open country
I listen to your chatter, and give thanks to the gods
For the honest friendship, which made you my companion
But in the heavy fragrance of intoxicating night
I search on your lip for a madder caress
I tear secrets from your yielding flesh
Giving thanks to the fate which made you my mistress