Evening Solace

Evening Solace – Charlotte Brontë

The human heart has hidden treasures,
In secret kept, in silence sealed;
The thoughts, the hopes, the dreams, the pleasures,
Whose charms were broken if revealed.
And days may pass in gay confusion,
And nights in rosy riot fly,
While, lost in Fame’s or Wealth’s illusion,
The memory of the Past may die.

But, there are hours of lonely musing,
Such as in evening silence come,
When, soft as birds their pinions closing,
The heart’s best feelings gather home.
Then in our souls there seems to languish
A tender grief that is not woe;
And thoughts that once wrung groans of anguish,
Now cause but some mild tears to flow.

And feelings, once as strong as passions,
Float softly back a faded dream;
Our own sharp griefs and wild sensations,
The tale of others’ sufferings seem.
Oh ! when the heart is freshly bleeding,
How longs it for that time to be,
When, through the mist of years receding,
Its woes but live in reverie !

And it can dwell on moonlight glimmer,
On evening shade and loneliness;
And, while the sky grows dim and dimmer,
Feel no untold and strange distress
Only a deeper impulse given
By lonely hour and darkened room,
To solemn thoughts that soar to heaven,
Seeking a life and world to come.

Closed Eyes by Odilon Redon:

9 thoughts on “Evening Solace

  1. Stephen says:

    mmmmm – another sublime treat

  2. 🙂 twas’ beautiful.

  3. Rob Bent says:

    Wonderful words, wonderful picture; perfect together.

  4. Jennifer says:

    A lovely post. I’ve heard of Odilon Redon but he doesn’t seem to have featured much in any History of Art courses that I’ve done, so I’ve now sought more of his artwork on the Internet and have to say I”m very impressed – the paintings are quite beautiful. The rather painterly approach to his mystical subject matter means that his paintings seem to appear very contemporary – I can think of several painters whose work I like that may take their inspiration from Redon.

    • artmodel says:

      Jennifer,

      Yes, Redon tends to get overlooked which is unfortunate. I personally think the Symbolist painters don’t get enough attention generally. But I’m a big fan so I guess I’m biased! Redon is one of my favorites.

      Here’s a great gallery of his works:
      http://www.odilon-redon.org/

      Claudia

  5. H Niyazi says:

    Hi Claudia!.

    I love Charlotte Bronte too. My home has many pics of friends and family, but in my study only one portrait is allowed, a small reproduction of that well known colour portrait of Charlotte. There is indeed much solace to be found reflective on her life and her works.

    She seemed to be the most pragmatic of the Bronte siblings- able to express wild emotion with losing herself in it like Emily did. There was a great biography of her published not too long ago which contains some actual photographs of her on later life. Fascinating stuff..

    Love your blog – keep up the great work!
    H

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