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Be still, my soul, be still; the arms you bear are brittle,
Earth and high heaven are fixt of old and founded strong.
Think rather,— call to thought, if now you grieve a little,
The days when we had rest, O soul, for they were long.

Men loved unkindness then, but lightless in the quarry
I slept and saw not; tears fell down, I did not mourn;
Sweat ran and blood sprang out and I was never sorry:
Then it was well with me, in days ere I was born.

Now, and I muse for why and never find the reason,
I pace the earth, and drink the air, and feel the sun.
Be still, be still, my soul; it is but for a season:
Let us endure an hour and see injustice done.

Ay, look: high heaven and earth ail from the prime foundation;
All thoughts to rive the heart are here, and all are vain:
Horror and scorn and hate and fear and indignation—
Oh why did I awake? when shall I sleep again?

Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936 / Worcestershire / England)

Comments

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMabout 4 years ago

    Very beautiful work Dovey

  • thank you, im happy you like it :)

    – dovey1968

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenabout 4 years ago

    gorgeous!

  • thank you :)

    – dovey1968

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 4 years ago

  • thank you :)

    – dovey1968

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanabout 4 years ago

    Cute and romantic… very well done… love the color mood !

  • thanks Dwarkan for your kind words :)

    – dovey1968

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work- so unique! love this.

  • thanks so much, im pleased you think so :)

    – dovey1968

  • dawne polis
    dawne polisabout 4 years ago

    This has a lovely Pre-Raphaelite feeling! Such beautiful tones, too.

  • thank you so much Dawne, im pleased with your comments :)

    – dovey1968

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 4 years ago

    Awww….this is so gorgeous and sweet…..Beautiful work, Kerryn!!!! :) xo

  • thanks Laurie, you’re sweet ! x

    – dovey1968

  • TheWanderingBoo
    TheWanderingBooabout 4 years ago

    beautiful work

  • thank you :)

    – dovey1968

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations! You’ve been featured in Art Inspired By Written Words !

  • thanks very much for featuring my work :)

    – dovey1968

  • haya1812
    haya1812about 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Artwork & poem!!!!! Congratulations!

  • thanks muchly :)

    – dovey1968

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