Well, honest John, how fare you now at home?
The spring is come, and birds are building nests.
~ John Clare
Photo: John Clare Cottage, Helpston, Peterborough, England.
To make a final conquest of all me,
Love did compose so sweet an enemy,
In whom both beauties to my death agree,
Joining themselves in fatal harmony;
That while she with her eyes my heart does bind,
She with her voice might captivate my mind.
~ Andrew Marvell
Drawing: Arabella Hunt (1662-1705) - An English vocalist and lutenist, celebrated for her beauty and talents - by John Smith.
If I could write the beauty of your eyes,
And in fresh numbers number all your graces,
The age to come would say "This poet lies;
Such heavenly touches ne'er touched earthly faces."
~ William Shakespeare
Photo: Tom Bateman as William Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen as Viola de Lesseps in the 2014 play Shakespeare In Love