Wednesday, 21 August 2013

'When griping grief the heart would wound'

'When griping grief the heart would wound', a notebook drawing by JVL, 10 August 2013.

This drawing includes the first two verses from Richard Edwards' rather fine part-song 'When grypinge griefes'. It is an apt evocation of how music can soothe our troubled minds. The poem was partly quoted by Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet (Act 4, scene 5). Edwards was born in Somerset in 1524 and died in London in 1566. On the right is a part self-portrait.

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