Thursday, August 23, 2018

Harry Clarke

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking.
~John Masefield

For Art Thursday, we have illustrations by Harry Clarke for The Year's at the Spring; An Anthology of Recent Poetry [1920].

Star Talk
by Harry Clarke

Sea Fever
by Harry Clarke

To the Coming Spring
by Harry Clarke

The Great Lover (1)
by Harry Clarke

The Great Lover (2)
by Harry Clarke


From groves of spice,
O'er fields of rice,
Athwart the lotus-stream,
I bring for you,
Aglint with dew,
A little lovely dream.

Sweet, shut your eyes,
The wild fire-flies
Dance through the fairy neem;[1]
From the poppy-bole
For you I stole
A little lovely dream.

Dear eyes, good-night,
In golden light
The stars around you gleam;
On you I press
With soft caress
A little lovely dream.


[1] A lilac-tree (Hindustani).


HWY said...

Wonderful Art Nouveau illustrations by Clarke.

Can't say I have an absolute favorite, but I was quite taken by the illustration on the cover.

Margaret Simon said...

Where did you find that lovely poem?

Tabatha said...

Hi y'all! Margaret, both the poems (top and bottom) are in the anthology that the illustrations are from (The Year's at the Spring). If you click on the name of it at the top of the post, it will take you to an electronic copy.

Linda B said...

The book looks lovely, Tabatha, and that lullaby is so sweet. I'll look for the book!