Saturday, March 06, 2010


The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo by Marie Spartali Stillman (1889)

To Spring

William Blake (1783)

O thou with dewy locks, who lookest down
Through the clear windows of the morning, turn
Thine angel eyes upon our western isle,
Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring!

The hills tell one another, and the listening
Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turn’d
Up to thy bright pavilions: issue forth
And let thy holy feet visit our clime!

Come o’er the eastern hills, and let our winds
Kiss thy perfumèd garments; let us taste
Thy morn and evening breath; scatter thy pearls
Upon our lovesick land that mourns for thee.

O deck her forth with thy fair fingers; pour
Thy soft kisses on her bosom; and put
Thy golden crown upon her languish’d head,
Whose modest tresses are bound up for thee.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, wouldn't it be wonderful to just step inside that painting?!

Protege said...

Beautiful. I think we all long for spring now.;))
Have a lovely weekend,

Queenmothermamaw said...

Yep it is on its way. It might get cold again but can't turn back the clock and can't stop spring even if it is cold. At least no snow here, right now.

willow said...

Our snow is finally starting to melt. I think spring is on it's lovely way.

LadyCat said...

That is a beautiful picture and the Blake poem is lovely. I am glad to see you are back. Hope you are having a good Monday : )

Our Porch in Hillsborough said...

Thanks for the lovely Blake poem. I also enjoyed the cloche hats in the previous post. Have you seen 'House of Elliot'? It's a great British series about a '20s fashion house - it's really well done and the clothes are beautiful (lots of cloche hats!). If you watch two episodes you'll be hooked.
Have a great week,

Betsy said...

It certainly is feeling like spring here this week!

Mmm said...

Such a lovely Blake poem. Thanks for posting it. I love this refrain in particular:

"and let our winds
Kiss thy perfumèd garments; let us taste
Thy morn and evening breath;"

The lilting cadence is so perfect as well as the imagery. Ahhh...

Bachelor said...

Wow... beautiful! Blakes' soft poem with picture to match and music in the background! Great job.
We've missed you!!! :) The Bach

Kiki said...

What a super-beautiful blog you have....feels very uplitfing here..such charm! Have a magical day!

Mmm said...

Love your new profile image. Was just coming her to check it out. figured you;d lie the cloche btw. :)