And the Spirit gives them the Lamp of War that burns at the cannonlip,Ann Weygandt (pp. 121-2) sees strong Pre-Raphaelite influence on Kipling, who had family links with William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones;
As it blazed on the point of Tubal's blade and the prow of the battleship;
And the Lamp of Love that was Eve's to snatch from Lilith under the Tree...
... there are so many chapter headings and poems of a pseudo-antique character which suggest no one member of the Pre-Raphaelite school, that we might almost call Kipling, in one of his moods, a belated Pre-Raphaelite in his own right ... "Blue Roses" and "The Oldest Song" ... have a slightly antiquated air, without sounding the authentic note Kipling can strike when he wishes.[Verse 4] The joy of an old wound waking There could be an echo here from the charming sestette, “I hear the soft note of the echoing voice...” in Act I of the light opera “Patience” by Gilbert and Sullivan (1881) which Kipling may well have seen:
The pain that is all but a pleasure will changeSee also Kipling's “Hymn to Physical Pain” which precedes “The Tender Achilles” in his last collection of stories, Limits and Renewals (1932).
To the pleasure that’s all but pain…