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Friday, May 6, 2016

Fitz Henry Lane - Ships in Ice Off Ten Pound Island Glouscester, Henry Purcell - Hail Bright Cecelia, Rose Fyleman - Very Lovely, John Keats Last Sonnet - Bright Star

This week's picture by Fitz Henry Lane is different because the water in the scene is frozen.  There are lots of people in this scene. You can use the following link for closeup details. Or here.  It might be fun to have your students tell a story about this scene.  

Ships in Ice Off Ten Pound Island Gloucester - Fitz Henry Lane

Our Henry Purcell piece today is Ode for St. Cecelia's Day Hail Bright Cecelia.   If you want to know more about St. Cecelia - check out this Wikipedia article.

Our poem by Rose Fyleman is Very Lovely, full of imagination!

And a sober, contemplative love poem by John Keats:

                    Bright Star

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art! -
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night,
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like Nature's patient sleepless Eremite,*
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors -
No -yet still steadfast, still unchangeable,
Pillowed upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever -or else swoon to death.

* An Eremite is a recluse or hermit, especially a religious recluse. 


  1. Happy Mother's Day, Patti! Love that FHL piece you picked!!! I have that one on my list! :)

  2. Thank you! And I hope your celebration is special, too! It is such a gift and a joy to be a Mom! Challenges and heartaches to take to prayer, but so much joy and fulfillment, too! I always enjoy hearing from you!! Patti