Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ABC Wednesday

E is for Eventide



To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love´s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise on your lips.
Kahil Gibran

Such a beautiful time of the day, but so easily missed if you aren't paying attention to how the light gently changes, sometimes with a glow; sometimes with a softening of the air; gradually the night descends and there is quietness and peace as the light dims.
 
Aurelious Fedor Van Kregten (1881-1937)was a self taught Dutch painter. He was for a time a student of Anton Mauve, upon whom he modeled his style. There were seldom people in his paintings, - he loved landscapes and animals, mainly sheep and cows.

Here is how he interpreted Eventide.....



and in keeping with this lovely pastoral picture an excerpt from Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard...

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight,
And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight,
And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds:

Save that from yonder ivy-mantled tower
The moping owl does to the moon complain
Of such as, wandering near her secret bower,
Molest her ancient solitary reign.


Keep your eye out for Eventide, - it is a daily show. A time of long shadows and hazy hills. A time to sit out on the verandah with a cup of coffee and meditate a little.....

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at ABC Wednesday, thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt.

15 comments:

magiceye said...

soothingly beautiful....

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

This is beautiful - I enjoyed it so much. The painting of the cows at eventide is lovely. A

Grace and Bradley said...

Thanks for visiting our blog and let me know the meaning of "Eventide".

anthonynorth said...

Oh yes, those points of change in the day are the most beautiful, certainly.

Jay said...

The picture at the top is so evocative of evening ... calm and pretty.

I love Thomas Gray's Elegy. It's been years since I read it, so thanks for that!

Reader Wil said...

Eventide is very well shown in your post! Beautiful photos and words going with them! Thanks.

April said...

The evening light is wonderful! Beautiful pictures and words!

Dimple said...

Beautiful. Calm, soothing, and broadening. I love morning, myself, and it's good to get another perspective.

Roger Owen Green said...

the rodgers and hart song mountain greenery came to mind/

Carol said...

Eventide...beautiful...the best time of the day....beautiful photos and words to go with them...

Barb said...

Beautifully done, Hildred! I haven't read Gray's Elegy in a long time. The golden glow in the last photo is wonderful.

Q said...

It is one my favorite times of each day. I love the long twilight of summer.
Sherry

Joy said...

What a beautiful post in words and picture. Eventide always gives a sense of the wonder of the world.

photowannabe said...

A beautifully put together post for Eventide. Love the poetry and the artwork. Nicely done.

Beverley Baird said...

Such beautiful photos and poetry!