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_Melancholia_II_ by AngelusNoir _Melancholia_II_ by AngelusNoir
:heart:A repost[coloured]..sorry about the repetition....this is just to fulfill a personal request to supply a postcard of the original monochrome design:heart:
originally posted as a sepia sketch in my large Moleskine


No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist
    Wolf's-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine;
Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss'd
    By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;
Make not your rosary of yew-berries,
    Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be
        Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl
A partner in your sorrow's mysteries;
    For shade to shade will come too drowsily,
        And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul.
But when the melancholy fit shall fall

    Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,

That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,

    And hides the green hill in an April shroud;

Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,

    Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave,

        Or on the wealth of globed peonies;

Or if thy mistress some rich anger shows,

    Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave,

        And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes.
She dwells with Beauty - Beauty that must die;

    And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips

Bidding adieu; and aching Pleasure nigh,

    Turning to poison while the bee-mouth sips:

Ay, in the very temple of Delight

    Veil'd Melancholy has her sovran shrine,

        Though seen of none save him whose strenuous tongue

    Can burst Joy's grape against his palate fine;

His soul shall taste the sadness of her might,

        And be among her cloudy trophies hung.

[John Keats - Ode On Melancholy]
 
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dreadfulmirror Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Love it!
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dreadfulmirror Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Love it!
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PaintTheSkyRed Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I love that ode which makes me love this even more. c:
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primulatook Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
don't know if i faved this before...but i cannot resist, even if it is a second time.
enthralling!
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Mireille31 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
The poem is well-chosen, and the portrait is twisted in the best way - missed your first post and love the sepia.
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knotty-inks Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great design!
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010   General Artist
thankyou very much!:blowkiss:
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Katumbiria Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
Very good, the surealism and it have a lot of means and very gothic XDDDD
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AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010   General Artist
:aww:..thankyou!:blowkiss:
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jebote-nickname Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010
i love it..really fascinating :)
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