Monday, February 15, 2010

ABC Wednesday

E is for Eventide

A painting entitled 'Eventide' by William Harris Weatherhead - 1886.

And a poem........

Eventide by John McCrae

The day is past and the toilers cease;
The land grows dim 'mid the shadows grey,
And hearts are glad, for the dark brings peace
At the close of day.

Each weary toiler, with lingering pace,
As he homeward turns, with the long day done,
Looks out to the west, with the light on his face
Of the setting sun.

Yet some see not (with their sin-dimmed eyes)
The promise of rest in the fading light;
But the clouds loom dark in the angry skies
At the fall of night.

And some see only a golden sky
Where the elms their welcoming arms stretch wide
To the calling rooks, as they homeward fly
At the eventide.

It speaks of peace that comes after strife,
Of the rest He sends to the hearts He tried,
Of the calm that follows the stormiest life --
God's eventide.

A painting by H.H. Bingley. 'The Peace that Comes at Eventide' - Sunset over Dartmouth, Devonshire.

More interpretations of E here at ABC Wednesday thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and her kind helpers.


photowannabe said...

How lovely. The words express what the paintings show. Nice choice for the letter E.

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely choice for the day! Beautiful paintings and words to match! Hope you have a great week!


Dina said...

After reading this and seeing the pictures, now I can go to sleep for the night, with good thoughts of eventide.

Shalom to you and thanks.

jabblog said...

Such a peaceful interpretation - would that we all could experience such calm . . .

Mara said...

Love the paintings. And the poem is lovely as well.

Dimple said...

Lovely. I like evening for the very reasons mentioned. Have a great week!

Wanda said...

This lovely poem left me very relaxed, Hildred. Night has just fallen here and it was a pleasure to read!

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful. That's a word hardly used anymore and it's so lovely!

RuneE said...

She looks like she has finished the days toil and can enjoy the eventide - I hope it is in the landscape you have shown us.

Jay said...

What a calm and soothing post! Love the painting, too.

On behalf of the team, thank you for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Roger Owen Green said...

great blend of words and visual.

Joy said...

She looks as though she has had enough and eventide has come just in time. Lovely poem.

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