Nature Inspirations for December 2019 include: Nature Poem: Now Winter Nights Enlarge, Thomas Campion (1567-1620) and Nature Painting: St. Anthony and the Miracle of the Mule, Domenico Beccafumi (II Mecarino) (1537)

 

 

Nature Poem

Now Winter Nights Enlarge

Thomas Campion (1567-1620)

 

Now winter nights enlarge

The number of their houres,

And clouds their stormes discharge

Upon the ayrie towres.

Let now the chimneys blaze

And cups o'erflow with wine:

Let well-tun'd words amaze

With harmonie divine.

Now yellow waxen lights

Shall waite on hunny Love

While youthfull Revels, Masks, and Courtly sights

Sleepes leaden spels remove.

 

This time doth well dispence

With lovers long discourse;

Much speech hath some defence,

Though beauty no remorse.

All doe not all things well;

Some measures comely tread,

Some knotted Ridles tell; 

Some Poems smoothly read.

The Summer hath his joyes,

And Winter his delights;

Though Love and all his pleasures are but toyes,

They shorten tedious nights.

 

 

Nature Painting

St. Anthony and the Miracle of the Mule, Domenico Beccafumi (II Mecarino), 1537