Sunday, April 30, 2006

A Cherubs Tale

I wish I knew who the artist is that painted the above painting, just so I can give appropriate credit for the fine artwork. If anyone knows, please email me - I'll reward you kindly! I've always been intrigued by Edgar Allan Poe, as a person and as a writer, so here is one of his poems...

~ Israfel ~

In Heaven a spirit doth dwell
"Whose heart-strings are a lute";
None sing so wildly well
As the angel Israfel,
And the giddy stars (so legends tell),
Ceasing their hymns, attend the spell
Of his voice, all mute.

Tottering above
In her highest noon,
The enamored moon
Blushes with love,
While, to listen, the red levin
(With the rapid Pleiads, even,
Which were seven,)
Pauses in Heaven.

And they say (the starry choir
And the other listening things)
That Israfeli's fire
Is owing to that lyre
By which he sits and sings-
The trembling living wire
Of those unusual strings.

But the skies that angel trod,
Where deep thoughts are a duty-
Where Love's a grown-up God-
Where the Houri glances are
Imbued with all the beauty
Which we worship in a star.

Therefore thou art not wrong,
Israfeli, who despisest
An unimpassioned song;
To thee the laurels belong,
Best bard, because the wisest!
Merrily live, and long!

The ecstasies above
With thy burning measures suit-
Thy grief, thy joy, thy hate, thy love,
With the fervor of thy lute-
Well may the stars be mute!

Yes, Heaven is thine; but this
Is a world of sweets and sours;
Our flowers are merely- flowers,
And the shadow of thy perfect bliss
Is the sunshine of ours.

If I could dwell
Where Israfel
Hath dwelt, and he where I,
He might not sing so wildly well
A mortal melody,
While a bolder note than this might swell
From my lyre within the sky.

- Edgar Allan Poe

3 comments:

kevin beck said...

I don't know the artist, but I love the painting. Very evocative.

Thanks

Shorty said...

Love the painting, but the cherubs look a bit wicked with those mallots and chisels in their hands. Don't know if I'd want them working on me. :D

Johanna said...

Again neo-classisism i think but not sure about Tadema. You could search in this direction on the internet. J