Thursday, June 19, 2008

Happy Solstice!






















Rich music breathes in Summer's every sound;
And in her harmony of varied greens,
Woods, meadows, hedge-rows, corn-fields, all around
Much beauty intervenes,
Filling with harmony the ear and eye;
While o'er the mingling scenes
Far spreads the laughing sky.


From "Summer Images" by John Clare (1793-1864). Read the complete poem at Poetry Foundation.


The Great Morning, Philipp Otto Runge, 1809-10. Image from Web Gallery of Art.


(The 2008 Summer Solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20 at 7:59 p.m. EDT--or 8:00 p.m. EDT, depending on whose chart you consult. More info and some nice links are here.)

4 comments:

Mary said...

Happy Litha, Gracie, and to everyone! The wheel turns....

chayaruchama said...

A joyous Litha, dear friends....

Maria, Mary...
I'm DYIN' HERE !
Have you received any MAIL ?????

Love to you, dearest Renee-
How you hangin' ?

Bozo said...

A wonderful post. This blog is such a fine addition to my mornings. Thanks!

BitterGrace said...

Thanks, Bozo--I have a lot of fun hunting down the poems and paintings.

I hope you are enjoying a lovely Litha, Mary.

Chaya, check your email!