Lambent Beauty

Moonrise – D.H. Lawrence

And who has seen the moon, who has not seen
Her rise from out the chamber of the deep,
Flushed and grand and naked, as from the chamber
Of finished bridegroom, seen her rise and throw
Confession of delight upon the wave,
Littering the waves with her own superscription
Of bliss, till all her lambent beauty shakes towards us
Spread out and known at last, and we are sure
That beauty is a thing beyond the grave,
That perfect, bright experience never falls
To nothingness, and time will dim the moon
Sooner than our full consummation here
In this odd life will tarnish or pass away.

Elliott Daingerfield, Moon Rising over Fog Clouds, watercolor. Collection of Metropolitan Museum:


12 thoughts on “Lambent Beauty

  1. scultore says:


  2. Lynn Kauppi says:

    When I read poetry such as this, I’m overwhelmed by the poem’s sheer beauty and stand in awe at the poet’s gift and talent.

    • artmodel says:


      I agree, and this one by Lawrence moved me as soon as I got to “flushed and grand and naked”. Beautifully descriptive.

      Thanks for commenting!


  3. rob says:

    Wonderful. Wonderful. You’re brilliant for selecting the words and image!!! Brilliant as that moon.

    • artmodel says:


      Thank you! It’s not so easy to find the right image. I always choose the poem first, then try to find an appropriate artwork.

      Good to hear from you!


  4. Jennifer says:

    An excellent pairing of words and picture. Hope things are starting to turn towards Spring and lighter days – in all ways – in NYC. Jennifer xx

    • artmodel says:


      Glad you like the poetry/art set! We are indeed moving into springtime here. Still would like to see green leaf buds on the trees. Not yet, but hopefully soon!

      Thanks for commenting.


  5. Bill says:

    The ultimate pose from the ultimate muse.

  6. That is a magnificent painting, almost haunting. As an aside, one of my student employees was a big D.H. Lawrence fan. The odd thing is, he thought Lawrence was one of the funniest writers he ever read. I’ve read many opinions of him, but that was the first I’d heard of “funny.” 🙂

    • artmodel says:


      Yes that is odd! “funny” isn’t the word I’d associate with D.H. Lawrence. But a great poet/writer nonetheless. And I’m so glad you like the painting. I was blown away by it too. I think it works especially well because it’s watercolor, which is an incredible medium. I also checked out some other works by the artist Daingerfield. A really fine painter.

      Thanks for your comments!


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