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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thomas Cole Landscape, Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, and Consider the Lilies by Christina Rosetti

Thomas Cole was the founder of the Hudson River School of Painters. Many of his paintings were of his beloved Catskill mountains.  Today's painting is one of them.  
Painting by Thomas Cole

I also recommend that you tour the virtual gallery of his artwork at the following link:

The following link is for a film with a bit of history about Thomas Cole's life and the Hudson River School of art. 

George Frideric Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks in two part is this week's music.  

Part 1:

Part 2:

The following is a link describing and explaining Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks:


by: Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

         LOWERS preach to us if we will hear:--
      The rose saith in the dewy morn:
      I am most fair;
      Yet all my loveliness is born
      Upon a thorn.
      The poppy saith amid the corn:
      Let but my scarlet head appear
      And I am held in scorn;
      Yet juice of subtle virtue lies
      Within my cup of curious dyes.
      The lilies say: Behold how we
      Preach without words of purity.
      The violets whisper from the shade
      Which their own leaves have made:
      Men scent our fragrance on the air,
      Yet take no heed
      Of humble lessons we would read.
      But not alone the fairest flowers:
      The merest grass
      Along the roadside where we pass,
      Lichen and moss and sturdy weed,
      Tell of His love who sends the dew,
      The rain and sunshine too,
      To nourish one small seed.

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