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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Havanaise, The Good Part That Shall Not Be Taken Away, Dandelions

Jean Francois Millet
 Today's painting by Millet is different than the others we've looked at so far as it is a small study of nature rather than a scene with people.  He does have several works like this and it is valuable to see the variety in Millet's work.   

"Dandelions" by Jean-Francois Millet
If you are interested in making copies of these pictures the following is how I do it.  (All the pictures on this blog are at least 100 years old so they are legally in the public domain and free for all to copy and enjoy).
1. Open a document, Format it for no margins or very small margins so your picture is as large as possible on the paper. Then if your picture is wider horizontally you will want to choose "Landscape" rather than "Portrait."
2.  Go to the picture you want to copy and right click on it.  Click the "Copy" option.
3.  Now go back to your margin-less document.  Right click and choose the "Paste" option.  The picture should be there.  If it is small you can pull it out until it fills the page.  Try to keep the proportions accurate.  
4.  If you have room at the bottom you may want to type the name of the painting and the artist.
5.  File:  "save as" - name and save your document.
6.  Copy to a flash drive or burn to a disc.
7. Take it to your favorite copy store (we use Office Max) and have them copy it for you on cardstock or photo paper.

Camille Saint-Saens
Today's piece is called Havanaise.  Listen on the following link.

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Good Part, That Shall Not Be Taken Away

She dwells by Great Kenhawa's side,
In valleys green and cool;
And all her hope and all her pride
Are in the village school.

Her soul, like the transparent air
That robes the hills above,
Though not of earth, encircles there
All things with arms of love.

And thus she walks among her girls
With praise and mild rebukes;
Subduing e'en rude village churls
By her angelic looks.

She reads to them at eventide
Of One who came to save;
To cast the captive's chains aside
And liberate the slave.

And oft the blessed time foretells
When all men shall be free;
And musical, as silver bells,
Their falling chains shall be.

And following her beloved Lord,
In decent poverty,
She makes her life one sweet record
And deed of charity.

For she was rich, and gave up all
To break the iron bands
Of those who waited in her hall,
And labored in her lands.

Long since beyond the Southern Sea
Their outbound sails have sped,
While she, in meek humility,
Now earns her daily bread.

It is their prayers, which never cease,
That clothe her with such grace;
Their blessing is the light of peace
That shines upon her face.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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