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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Raphael - St. George and the Dragon, Vivaldi - Spring, Robert Louis Stevenson - Rain, Rainer maria Rilke - Song of the Orphan

Our Second painting by Raphael depicting St. George and the Dragon.  What are the similarities?  Differences?  If you haven't found a story of St. George and the Dragon yet, here's an audio chapter from the Faerie Queen see chapter 2, Librivox - St. George and the Dragon.

We've had beautiful weather here in the Midwest and daylight saving time begins this weekend so it seems appropriate to listen to Vivaldi's Spring.  

Rain by Robert Louis Stevenson

The rain is raining all around,
It falls on field and tree,
It rains on the umbrellas here,
And on the ships at sea. 

I have been studying Ephesians 1 this week using the free download from Journal and Doodle Bible Studies and have been so moved by the fact that I am adopted, chosen by God! What a contrast to today's poem by Rainer Maria Rilke!

             Song of the Orphan

I am no one and never will be anyone,
for I am far too small to claim to be;
not even later.

Mothers and Fathers,
take pity on me.

I fear it will not pay to raise me:
I shall fall victim to the mower's scythe.
No one can find me useful now: I am too young,
and tomorrow will be too late.

I only have one dress,
worn thin and faded,
but it will last an eternity
even before God, perhaps.

I only have this whispy hair
(that always remained the same)
yet once was someone's dearest love.

Now he has nothing that he loves.

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