Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter Nights

Two Venitian Ladies  Vittore Carpaccio
Now Winter Nights Enlarge
by Thomas Campion

Now winter nights enlarge 
This number of their hours; 
And clouds their storms discharge 
Upon the airy towers.
Let now the chimneys blaze 
And cups o'erflow with wine, 
Let well-tuned words amaze 
With harmony divine... 

This time doth well dispense 
With lovers' long discourse; 
Much speech hath some defense, 
Though beauty no remorse. 
All do not all things well:
Some measures comely tread, 
Some knotted riddles tell, 
Some poems smoothly read. 
The summer hath his joys, 
And winter his delights; 
Though love and all his pleasures are but toys 
 They shorten tedious nights.


  1. I love the rich colors in this painting! Another great pairing, Mary! WEll done!

  2. I was really looking for a P&P type sitting room scene to go with this poem. You know, Darcy writing a letter while the young girls take a turn about the room; a group of card players...I found several paintings that resembled Mr. Hurst's typical mood, (lots of imbibing and card playing.

    My other choice for this was the Mary Cassatt one I used on my FB profile. But it looked to "day-time-ish", with the little girl.

    I was unsure whether the scene portrayed in this painting was supposed to be indoors or out, but Joe assured me it looked like it was indoors. So I went with it.

    Thanks for the encouragement.