Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Morning Poetry


UPON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

      ARTH has not anything to show more fair:
      Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
      A sight so touching in its majesty:
      This City now doth like a garment wear
      The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
      Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
      Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
      All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
      Never did sun more beautifully steep
      In his first splendour valley, rock, or hill;
      Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
      The river glideth at his own sweet will:
      Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
      And all that mighty heart is lying still!
~ William Wordsworth

The gorgeous painting is by Henderson Cisz. I had to give you a Wordsworth poem today as I just finished watching Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. Oh, if you have time, do watch this lovely, gentle movie. And, now, listen, but ignore the video.

22 comments:

Jana said...

this is so beautiful. I love imagery like this. Thanks Relyn.

Hindsfeet said...

So thankful for your lovely literary taste (and this movie recommendation! Seems right up my alley!)

Happy Peaceful Sunday over there, Relyn : )

Yiota said...

I love everything with a nostalgic air: poetry, films, music, paintings.... this post has it all!
Thank you for the beautiful choice this Sunday morning!
xo

Sarah said...

Lovely choice of poem and painting. I love the line about the houses seeming asleep! Have a lovely Sunday Relyn.

Tracy said...

This makes me miss "our" beloved London sooo much.. Hubby & I would love to get back there soon. Thank you for this in the meantime though, Relyn! Happy Day, my friend :o) ((HUGS))

JoLyn said...

Beautful everything! Thanks for giving me something peaceful to contemplate as I begin my Sunday morning. Hope yours is peaceful and full of light!

Patti said...

Never been, but wish to go...badly! Your poem makes me yearn to visit even more. And the picture is just perfect. Have a lovely day and week ahead!

Suz said...

great choice

maggie said...

Relyn, oh to feel that utter peace that Woodsworth speaks of. He even makes me want to speak differently.
Peace to you and yours today.

Jaime said...

This looks like such a sweet movie...guess what I will be watching later this evening?
Thank you for the recommendation!

Jessica said...

Love Woodsworth--I must get that movie, too!

Anali said...

Happy Sunday! Beautiful words and I'm so enjoying the music here. I'm saving your Playlist, so I can listen to the whole thing.

Jeanne said...

Love and hugs and happy Sunday
Love Jeanne

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Heart2Heart said...

Relyn,

Love the picture that you have placed with this bit of poetry. Love it! I can sense all the quiet energy within it.


Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Marilyn said...

I love this song and have never heard of the movie. The movie looks wonderful and the poem was extra special.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You have added beauty to my day, thank you.

Rita said...

Relyn, the picture made me nostalgic. I so enjoyed London with Jackie when we went. The whole trip to Europe was great. Good choice of a poem! Love ya!

Kamana said...

i remember reading this poem for the first time when i was in primary school, and wanting so much to go and see this magical place :)

Janean said...

lovely poem and lovely painting!!

Nieves said...

Beautiful, relaxing and nostalgic painting.Regards from Nieves in Madrid.

dutchbaby said...

ooooh! I was there this summer! This is such a lovely painting and a beautiful poem to match.

Georgianna said...

Perfect pairing, this image and these words, to conjure up our favorite city, after a week of worry and uncertainty. I'm so thankful you are here, Relyn. xo – g

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