Commission for Zephyrus
|Cupid and Psyche, L. Prang and Co, 1876. Boston Pub. Lib.|
Run over the world with shining feet
And rhymes of light where waters meet,
Where waters laugh, where waters flash
And stones are stars; thereover dash,
Carry my cry and my call: my Song
has one note, and that note, strong.
Burn under the sky in words of gold
A meteor's tale. To the gods unfold
Another highborn love, though late.
Nothing is chance: the rest is fate.
Brandish the headlong flame of God,
Your holy sword a lightning rod
Between two beings below the sun-
By Time-Space two, by God-Will, one.
Run over the world, to the living end:
You sought out Psyche, now seek my Friend.
|Cupid and Psyche. Antonio Canova, 1787.|
|"Reader, I married him."|
|"I tore him out of my heart and being like the blood of my body, and laid him on the altar. But not without a long and anguished struggle. And God gave him quietly back to me when it was done, though I couldn't see how..."|| |
|"The Old Old Story." John William Godward, 1903.|
|"Indifferent, the clouds drift on above|
In skies of glass, obliviously blue
And careless of the costliness of love.
Today I ache with growing pains anew."
photograph by Fry. Nov. 2012. historicgardens.wordpress.com.
"She's got blue eyes like the sea,
That roll back when she's laughin' at me;
She rises up like the tide
The moment her lips meet mine."
--Plain White T's "Rhythm of Love"
|"The Kiss," Francesco Hayez, 1859.|
" 'I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!'
'I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,' said Darcy.
'Of a fine stout healthy love it may. Every thing nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.'
Darcy only smiled..."
--Pride and Prejudice
"Heigh ho! Sing heigh ho! unto the green holly:
Most friendship is feigning, most loving, mere folly:
Then heigh ho, the holly!
This life is most jolly."
--"Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind"
|Harmony before Matrimony. James Gillray, 1805.|
"You have both of you something, to be sure, but it is not a trifle that will support a family nowadays; and after all that romancers may say, there is no doing without money."
--Isabella Thorpe Northanger Abbey
|Northanger Abbey illustration. C.E. Brock, 1907.|
"...Ah, my God
What might I not have made of Thy fair world,
Had I but loved the highest creature here?
It was my duty to have loved the highest:
It surely was my profit had I known:
It would have been my pleasure had I seen.
We needs must love the highest when we see it."
Idylls of the King
|"View out my window."|
"And it seems like the time when after doubt
Our love came back amain;
O come forth into the storm and rout,
And be my love in the rain."
"A Line-Storm Song," Robert Frost
|photograph by David Koiter, 2009. flickr.com|
"I will song you a song of our soul, O Man,
I will leaf you a brown leaf of Earth.
Since dawn began the gray drops ran
And still I my horizons scan
For him who to my old world's dearth,
Through One-Who-Is caused my rebirth."