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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - Doubtful Crumbs, Franz Schubert- , William Wordsworth

A final painting by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer.  It seemed appropriate to choose a dog picture because he painted so many and seemed to love to capture their emotions.
Doubtful Crumbs - Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
Doubtful Crumbs - by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer

Franz SchubertNotturno - Rubenstein Trio 

William Wordsworth's

A Character

I marvel how Nature could ever find space
For so many strange contrasts in one human face:
There's thought and no thought, and there's paleness and bloom
And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.

There's weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;
Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain
Could pierce through a temper that's soft to disease,
Would be rational peace--a philosopher's ease.

There's indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,
And attention full ten times as much as there needs;
Pride where there's no envy, there's so much of joy;
And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.

There's freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare
Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she's there,
There's virtue, the title it surely may claim,
Yet wants heaven knows what to be worthy the name.

This picture from nature may seem to depart,
Yet the Man would at once run away with your heart;
And I for five centuries right gladly would be
Such an odd such a kind happy creature as he.


  1. Great poem - I hadn't read that one before! I love Landseer's painting, too - since you posted the first one I've looked at quite a few of them. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for taking time to comment! It's nice to know that there are people reading and using the posts. I like hearing readers thoughts about the works and which they especially enjoy. Next week we start with a new composer, artist and poet so that should be fun....

  2. The poem was an amusing and profound bit on human expression and the variations of them. =) Enjoyed the painting too.