ON A PICTURE BY PUVIS DE CHAVANNES
A spacious land lies large in broad daylight;
A warm wind healthily goes to and fro,
As a dear woman here might come and go;
In courtesy the trees incline their height,
Rustling their robes as folk at a wedding might;
And full of flowers the grass, by scythes laid low,
Scents the sunshine, while peeps the weak willow
Into pride’s paradise in waters bright.
A patriarchal people dwell in peace
And plenty perfect without wealth’s increase;
Nursed in the lap of lowland hills, their homes
Are gay with flowers; both morn and evening airs
Are guests within their doors; and for their prayers
Cows safely calve, bees build big honeycombs.
Moore, T. Sturge. “On a Picture by Puvis de Chavannes.” The Dial, vol. 2, 1892, p. 15. Dial Digital Edition, edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, 2018-2020. Yellow Nineties 2.0, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/dialv2-moore-puvis/