Блейк-Галерея/Гравюры Уильяма Блейка, 1786

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Блейк-Галерея/Гравюры Уильяма Блейка, 1786
автор Уильям Блейк (1757—1827)

Гравюры Уильяма Блейка, 1786

“Elegy Set to Music” («Элегия, положенная на музыку», музыка Томаса Комминса, стихи Анн Хом Хантер (1 июля 1786, изд. Джон Фентон). Деталь
Гравюра ин-кварто по собственному рисунку к изданию “Elegy Set to Music” («Элегия, положенная на музыку», музыка Томаса Комминса, стихи Анн Хом Хантер (1 июля 1786, изд. Джон Фентон).

William Blake (1757–1827)

Design for the Cover Leaf of the Sheet Music An Elegy Set to Music by Thomas Commins

[London]: Published by J. Fentum, July 1, 1786

Intaglio copperplate engraving

Inscribed below image,

The shatter'd bark from adverse winds / Rest in this peaceful haven finds / And when the storms of life are past / Hope drops her anchor here at last.

When he was about twenty-nine years old, Blake designed and engraved this cover leaf for music composed by Thomas Commins (1775–1859), the organist of Penzance, Cornwall. The stanza below the engraving is from the poem "Elegy" by Anne Home Hunter (1742–1821). The engraving depicts a returning sailor lunging into the welcoming arms of his wife and child. Only two or three copies are known.

Gift of Charles Ryskamp in memory of Michael S. Currier; 1998.36:5



ELEGY.


SIGH not, ye winds, as passing o'er
    The chambers of the dead you fly;
Weep not, ye dews, for these no more
    Shall ever weep, shall ever sigh.



Why mourn the throbbing heart at rest?
How still it lies within the breast!
Why mourn, since death presents us peace,
And in the grave our sorrows cease?



The shatter'd bark, from adverse winds,
Rest in this peaceful haven finds;
And, when the storms of life are past,
Hope drops her anchor here at last.



Sigh not, ye winds, as passing o'er
    The chambers of the dead you fly;
Weep not, ye dews, for these no more
    Shall ever weep, shall ever sigh.



http://digital.lib.ucdavis.edu/projects/bwrp/Works/HuntAPoems.htm#p13