First Night Design | The Lookout

The Lookout © Sarah Vernon Buy at Crated
The Lookout © Sarah Vernon Buy at Crated

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Textures 2 Lil’ Owls.

Dover Beach — Matthew Arnold [1822-1888]

The sea is calm tonight. 
The tide is full, the moon lies fair 
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light 
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, 
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay. 
Come to the window, sweet is the night-air! 
Only, from the long line of spray 
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land, 
Listen! you hear the grating roar 
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling, 
At their return, up the high strand, 
Begin, and cease, and then again begin, 
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring 
The eternal note of sadness in. 
Sophocles long ago 
Heard it on the Ægean, and it brought 
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow 
Of human misery; we 
Find also in the sound a thought, 
Hearing it by this distant northern sea. 
The Sea of Faith 
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth’s shore 
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled. 
But now I only hear 
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar, 
Retreating, to the breath 
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear 
And naked shingles of the world. 
Ah, love, let us be true 
To one another! for the world, which seems 
To lie before us like a land of dreams, 
So various, so beautiful, so new, 
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, 
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; 
And we are here as on a darkling plain 
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, 
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

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12 thoughts on “First Night Design | The Lookout

  1. Good morning, Sarah.
    Having grown up in Kent, the white cliffs of Dover mean a great deal to me….as does this poem. Matthew Arnold captures so well the atmosphere of the Dover I knew as a child, before Channel tunnels, hovercrafts, etc. etc.
    I love the design….very poignant.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend. and that your machine continues to do a good job:)
    Keep smiling. Janet. x

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    1. What a coincidence! The original photograph could be anywhere but Arnold’s poem was the only one that matched it, for me. Computer working but body not so much! I hope you have a delightful weekend too. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  2. I agree with Janet that it the image fits in perfectly with the poem. I’m still in Spain where mother’s and father’s days are different (Mother’s day is the first Sunday of May, father’s is the 19th of March, St Joseph). Happy Mother’s day my ladies.

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