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Today in my heart
I feel a vague tremor of stars,
but my path is lost
in the soul of the mist.
The light clips my wings,
and my sorrow
is dipping memories
in the fountain of idea.

- Federico García Lorca, Autumn Song. (November 1918, Granada) (first verse). transl. Catherine Brown in Federico García Lorca: A Bilingual Edition, p. 19.

   Between your love for me and mine for you
air of stars and tremor of plant
a thicket of anemones raises
with a dark moan an entire year.

— Federico García Lorca, from Sonnet of the Garland of Roses, p. 831.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Medusa. 1630, restored 2006. Marble, h. 68 cm. 
A victim of rape becomes an eternally lonely instrument of death:

Her beauty was far-famed, the jealous hopeOf many a suitor, and of all her charmsHer hair was loveliest; so I was toldBy one who claimed to have seen her. She, it’s said, Was violated in Minerva’s shrine By Ocean’s lord.  Jove’s daughter turned away And covered with her shield her virgin eyes, And then for fitting punishment transformed The Gorgon’s lovely hair to loathsome snakes.

— Ovid, Metamorphoses 4.794-802, trans. A.D. Melville 1986: 98.

Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Medusa. 1630, restored 2006. Marble, h. 68 cm. 

A victim of rape becomes an eternally lonely instrument of death:

Her beauty was far-famed, the jealous hope
Of many a suitor, and of all her charms
Her hair was loveliest; so I was told
By one who claimed to have seen her. She, it’s said,
Was violated in Minerva’s shrine
By Ocean’s lord.  Jove’s daughter turned away
And covered with her shield her virgin eyes,
And then for fitting punishment transformed
The Gorgon’s lovely hair to loathsome snakes.

— Ovid, Metamorphoses 4.794-802, trans. A.D. Melville 1986: 98.

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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Tormenta sobre Peñalara, Segovia (Storm over Peñalara, Segovia).* 1906. Oil on canvas, 62 x 93 cm.

I dream my waydown evening roads.Gold hills, green pines,and dusty oaks…Where can the road be leading?I sing my way along,the road stretches away,evening is coming on.

—Antonio Machado, Yo voy soñando caminos (I dream my way) lines 1-8, transl. Alan S. Trueblood in Antonio Machado: Selected Poems, 79.
*Peñalara is the highest mountain peak in the Guadarrama.  It straddles the provinces of Madrid and Segovia.  

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, Tormenta sobre Peñalara, Segovia (Storm over Peñalara, Segovia).* 1906. Oil on canvas, 62 x 93 cm.

I dream my way
down evening roads.
Gold hills, green pines,
and dusty oaks…
Where can the road be leading?
I sing my way along,
the road stretches away,
evening is coming on.

—Antonio Machado, Yo voy soñando caminos (I dream my way) lines 1-8, transl. Alan S. Trueblood in Antonio Machado: Selected Poems, 79.

*Peñalara is the highest mountain peak in the Guadarrama.  It straddles the provinces of Madrid and Segovia.  

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Henri Martin, Orphée venant de pedre définitivement Eurydice (Orpheus returns from losing Eurydice forever). 1900.  Oil on canvas, 100 x 71.1 cm. 

They picked their way in silence up a steepand gloomy path of darkness. There remainedbut little more to climb till they would touchearth’s surface, when in fear he might againlose her, and anxious for another lookat her, he turned his eyes so he could gazeupon her. Instantly she slipped away.
—Ovid. Metamorphoses 10.40-47, transl. Brooks More.

Henri Martin, Orphée venant de pedre définitivement Eurydice (Orpheus returns from losing Eurydice forever). 1900.  Oil on canvas, 100 x 71.1 cm. 

They picked their way in silence up a steep
and gloomy path of darkness. There remained
but little more to climb till they would touch
earth’s surface, when in fear he might again
lose her, and anxious for another look
at her, he turned his eyes so he could gaze
upon her. Instantly she slipped away.

—Ovid. Metamorphoses 10.40-47, transl. Brooks More.

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Marc Chagall, A Vava, ma femme, ma joie et mon allègresse  —- Marc Chagall (To Vava, my wife, my joy and my delight).  

Dedication plaque of the gallery housing the Song of Songs series. Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall (National Museum: Marc Chagall — The Biblical Message), inaugurated 1973. Nice, France.

Marc Chagall, A Vava, ma femme, ma joie et mon allègresse —- Marc Chagall (To Vava, my wife, my joy and my delight).

Dedication plaque of the gallery housing the Song of Songs series. Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall (National Museum: Marc Chagall — The Biblical Message), inaugurated 1973. Nice, France.

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