Friday, June 5, 2015

Orpheus Greeting the Moon

Elbridge Kingsley, American (1841 - 1915). After Jean Baptiste Camille Corot, French (1796 - 1875). Orpheus Greeting the Moon. No date. Wood engraving on paper. Gift of Dwight W. Tryon. Photography by Petegorsky/Gipe. SC 1915:5-6

 Sonnets to Orpheus, part I, lines 1-4:

                                    A tree ascended there. Oh pure transcendence!

                                    Oh Orpheus sings! Oh tall tree in the ear!

                                    And all things hushed. Yet even in that silence

                                    a new beginning, beckoning, change appeared. 

— Written by Rainer Maria Rilke in 1923. Translation by Stephen Mitchell

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