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Inspired by this wonderful poem.

The Shepherd’s Commendation of His Nymph

What shepherd can express
The favour of her face
To whom, in this distress,
I do appeal for grace?
A thousand Cupids fly
About her gentle eye;

From which each throws a dart,
That kindleth soft sweet fire
Within my sighing heart,
Possessed by desire:
No sweeter life I try
Than in her love to die!

The lily in the field,
That glories in his white,
For pureness now must yield
And render up his right;
Heaven pictured in her face
Doth promise joy and grace.

Fair Cynthia’s silver light,
That beats on running streams,
Compares not with her white,
Whose hairs are all sunbeams:
So bright my Nymph doth shine
As day unto my eyne!

With this, there is a red,
Exceeds the damask-rose,
Which in her cheeks is spread,
Where every favour grows;
In sky there is no star,
But she surmounts it far.

When Phoebus from the bed
Of Thetis doth arise,
The morning, blushing red,
In fair carnation-wise,
He shows in my Nymph’s face,
As Queen of every grace.

This pleasant lily-white,
This taint of roseate red,
This Cynthia’s silver light,
This sweet fair Dea spread,
These sunbeams in mine eye,
These beauties, make me die!

Edward De Vere; 1500’s


  • Heather King
    Heather Kingover 3 years ago

    her expression is timeless…beautiful work

  • Thank you so much Heather.

    – WickedlyLovely

  • VampireLily
    VampireLilyover 3 years ago

    i’m in love this piece….

  • Thank you so much VampireLily. :)

    – WickedlyLovely

  • rosalin
    rosalinover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Rosalin :)

    – WickedlyLovely

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    fab work

  • Thank you so much :) xx

    – WickedlyLovely

  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedover 3 years ago


  • I am deeply honoured, thank you so much.

    – WickedlyLovely

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful painting and poem!

  • Thank you so much Angie :)

    – WickedlyLovely

  • Lynne Kells (earthangel)
    Lynne Kells (e...over 3 years ago

    So lovely what medium (s) is it in?

  • Thank you so much.

    Nymph began its life, as do all my paintings, as a series of sketches, from which I do a detailed line drawing, which I then scanned into my computer and ‘painted’ as if I was working in traditional mediums in Photoshop.

    – WickedlyLovely

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much Rene :)

    – WickedlyLovely

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    May 29th, 2011
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  • I am deeply honoured, thank you so much Mary :)

    – WickedlyLovely

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...over 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work, very ethereal.

  • Thank you so much Diane :)

    – WickedlyLovely

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