The Days

Thomas_Wilmer_Dewing_-_The_Days_-_1887

“The Days” ~ Thomas Wilmer Dewing 1884-1886
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem:

DAYS

Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,
Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,
And marching single in an endless file,
Bring diadems and fagots in their hands.
To each they offer gifts after his will,
Bread, kingdom, stars, and sky that holds them all.

I, in my pleached garden, watched the pomp,
Forgot my morning wishes, hastily
Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day
Turned and departed silent. I, too late,
Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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