Thursday, January 13, 2011

Come, pensive nun, devout and pure ...

...“Come, pensive nun, devout and pure, sober steadfast, and demure, all in a robe of darkest grain, flowing with majestic train.”
-John Milton


By photographer W. Eugene Smith, Nun Waiting.


*a re-post of one of my favorite in the nun gazing series. Originally posted July 30, 2009.

12 comments:

The Reformer said...

bella.

Ben said...

While some pictures are worth a thousand words, some words are worth a thousand pictures. What an exquisite pairing of words and image. Thank you.

kired said...

with a guitar in her hand? :-)

HSMom said...

Beautiful words, beautiful photo!

Genjlcgettys said...

The words fit very nicely into the melody of "Iesu Dulcis Memoria." lol

Dymphna said...

She looks like Ingrid Bergman. What a great photo.

drawntocatholicism said...

Love this photo. First saw it somewhere two years ago, or so. Love it.

Denita said...

Very holy. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Dymphna said...

Never heard that poem. Beautiful.

Lydia McGrew said...

Knowing that Milton was a fiery Puritan, I was astonished to find that he wrote these lines. A little googling traced them to one of his poems which, if I ever read it, I have forgotten. Trivia: The "pensive nun" is actually Melancholy, whom Milton is personifying and invoking as a poetical exercise.

I just had to figure that out. Couldn't imagine Milton's actually saying anything good about real nuns. It wasn't him.

Anthony S. "Tony" Layne said...

Leave it to me to fall in love with a nun ....

kkollwitz said...

Sr. Celine, my first-grade teacher, looked just like this. But cross her and Mr. Hyde came raging out. We all loved and feared her.