Night with her Train of Stars

Edward Robert Hughes

Night with her Train of Stars
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 19cm

Description

The painting's title is derived from W. E Henley's (1849-1903) poem 'Margaritae Sorori'.

A late lark twitters from the quiet skies:
And from the west,
Where the sun, his day's work ended,
Lingers as in content,
There falls on the old, gray city
An influence luminous and serene,
A shining peace.
The smoke ascends
In a rosy-and-golden haze. The spires
Shine and are changed. In the valley
Shadows rise. The lark sings on. The sun,
Closing his benediction,
Sinks, and the darkening air
Thrills with a sense of the triumphing night
Night with her train of stars
And her great gift of sleep.
So be my passing!
My task accomplish'd and the long day done,
My wages taken, and in my heart
Some late lark singing,
Let me be gather'd to the quiet west,
The sundown splendid and serene,
Death.

Image Details

Dimensions
 
762mm x 1270mm
Medium
 
Watercolour, bodycolour and gold medium.
Acquisition
 
Presented by the Edward Robert Hughes Memorial Committee, 1915.
Accession Number
 
1915P100

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