|The Young Waltonians|
Here is a link where this painting can be enlarged and studied in detail.
This week we'll listen to Felix Mendelssohn's Spring Song. Here in Northern Minnesota we have a while to wait yet, but I'm ready for a little Spring, how about you?
Elizabeth Barrett wrote love poems for Robert Browning and after they married he convinced her to publish them. She published them under the name of Sonnets from the Portuguese as if she had translated them, but they were really her own. Here is sonnet 14 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
If thou must love me, let it be for nought Except for love's sake only. Do not say, "I love her for her smile—her look—her way Of speaking gently,—for a trick of thought That falls in well with mine, and Certes brought A sense of pleasant ease on such a day"— For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may Be changed, or change for thee—and love, so wrought, May be unwrought so. Neither love me for Thine own dear pity's wiping my cheeks dry: A creature might forget to weep, who bore Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby! But love me for love's sake, that evermore Thou mayst love on, through love's eternity.