Passing Away…

Charles Haslewood Shannon (1863-1937)
The Wise and Foolish Virgins

Passing Away
by Christina Rossetti

Passing away, saith the World, passing away:
Changes, beauty, and youth, sapped day by day:
Thy life never continueth in one stay.
Is the eye waxen dim, is the dark hair changing to grey
That hath won neither laurel nor bay?
I shall clothe myself in Spring and bud in May:
Thou, root-stricken, shalt not rebuild thy decay
On my bosom for aye.
Then I answered: Yea.

Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins by Franz Mayer of Munich
St. Mary’s Church Bristol, RI

Passing away, saith my Soul, passing away:
With its burdenof fear and hope, of labour and play,
Hearken what the past doth witness and say:
Rust in thy gold, a moth is in thine array,
A canker is in thy bud, thy leaf must decay.
At midnight, at cockcrow, at morning, one certain day
Lo the Bridegroom shall come and shall not delay;
Watch thou and pray.
Then I answered: Yea.

Sponsa de Libano (Bride of Lebanon – inspired by Song of Solomon)
Edward Burne-Jones (c1891)
The Bride is walking in the garden with personification of North and South winds.

Passing away, saith my God, passing away:
Winter passeth after the long delay:
New grapes on the vine, new figs on the tender spray,
Turtle calleth turtle in Heaven’s May.
Though I tarry, wait for Me, trust Me, watch and pray:
Arise, come away, night is past and lo it is day,
My love, My sister, My spouse,
thou shalt hear Me say.
Then I answered: Yea.

James Tissot (1836-1902) Jesus Goes Up On A Mountain to Pray The Ascension
James Tissot (1836-1902)
Jesus Goes Up On A Mountain to Pray
From Tissot’s Life of Christ series currently in the Brooklyn Museum
(I love this painting.)

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