Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Hebrews 12:1

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day


Painting~ Howard Pyle

My favorite sonnet about love is from Amoretti, sonnet 79 by Edmund Spenser.
"Men call you fair, and you do credit it,
For that yourself ye daily do see.
But the true fair, that is the gentle wit
And virtuous mind, is much more prais'd of me.
For all the rest, however fair it be,
Shall turn to nought and lose that glorious hue.
But only that is permanent and free
From frail corruption, that doth flesh ensue.
That is true beauty. that doth argue you
To be divine and born of heavenly seed,
Deriv'd from that fair Spirit from whom all true
And perfect beauty did at first proceed.
He only fair, and what He fair hath made;
All other fair like flowers untimely fade. "  

And just for fun...  Sir Philip Sidney~Astrophil and Stella, sonnet 7

When Nature made her chief work, Stella's eyes,
In color black, why wrapt she beams so bright,
Would she in beamy*black, like painter wise,
Frame daintiest lustre, mixt of shades and light?
Or did she else that sober hue devise,
In object*best to knit and strengthen our sight,
Lest if no veil these brave gleams did disguise,
They sun-like should more dazzle then delight?
Or would she her miraculous power show,
That whereas black seems Beauty's contrary,
She even in black doth make all beauties flow?
Both so and thus, she minding Love should be
Placed ever there, gave him this mourning weed,
To honour all their deaths, who for her bleed. 

* beamy~ radiant, in object~in order

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