Tuesday, February 26, 2013

“Orpheus with his lute made Trees”

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Orpheus with his Lute made Trees,
And the Mountaine tops that freeze,
Bow themselves when he did sing.
To his Musicke, Plants and Flowers
Ever sprung; as Sunne and Showers,
There had made a lasting Spring.
Every thing that heard him play,
Even the Billowes of the Sea,
Hung their heads, & then lay by.
In sweet Musicke is such Art,
Killing care, & griefe of heart,
Fall asleepe, or hearing dye.
— William Shakespeare, from Henry VIII, III : 1 (Queen Katharine)
Franz von Stuck, Orpheus (1891)

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