Wednesday, April 11, 2012
"the beautiful bright veil through which her sorrow shines"
Many have painted her. But there was one
Who drew his radiant colours from the sun.
Mysteriously glowing through a background dim
When he was suffering she came to him,
And all the heavy pain within his heart
Rose in his hands and stole into his art.
His canvas is the beautiful bright veil
Through which her sorrow shines. There where the
Texture o'er her sad lips is closely drawn
A trembling smile softly begins to dawn ...
Though angels with seven candles light the place
You cannot read the secret of her face.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Book of Hours, trans. by Jessie Lemont
Reclining nude, Lovis Corinth, 1910