Full Moon…



So, we’ll go no more a roving

   So late into the night,

Though the heart be still as loving,

   And the moon be still as bright.

 For the sword outwears its sheath,

   And the soul wears out the breast,

And the heart must pause to breathe,

   And love itself have rest.

 Though the night was made for loving,

   And the day returns too soon,

Yet we’ll go no more a roving

   By the light of the moon.


Poem by George Gordon Byron – Lord Byron. 1788–1824.

Drawing: Full Moon by clinock. 18″ x 24″. Pastel and conte on Paper.

31 thoughts on “Full Moon…

  1. So beautiful! The couple moving away from each other, it’s a bit sad perhaps, but a beautiful drawing.
    My guess is that roving and loving once rhymed in Byron’s days. The two (poem and image) go very well together!


    1. Thanks TC – the narrative, if any, is open for the viewer’s interpretation – if you wish for forbidden love, it’s yours…but be careful of that heart condition 😉


  2. Hi John,

    Your painting entitled “Full Moon” reminds me of Arnold Schoenberg’s sumptuously romantic and sensuous musical composition called “Transfigured Night”, composed in 1899. The string sextet “was inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name, along with Schoenberg’s strong feelings upon meeting Mathilde von Zemlinsky, the sister of his teacher Alexander von Zemlinsky, whom he would later marry. . . . Dehmel’s poem describes a man and a woman walking through a dark forest on a moonlit night, wherein the woman shares a dark secret with her new lover: she bears the child of another man. The stages of Dehmel’s poem are reflected throughout the composition, beginning with the sadness of the woman’s confession, a neutral interlude wherein the man reflects upon the confession, and a finale which reflects the man’s bright acceptance (and forgiveness) of the woman . . . .”, quoting Wikipedia.

    It is quite clear that we are all lovers of the moon here. Please kindly allow me the honour to have my own moon-inspired poem read and commented by you at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/if-my-name-were-moon-tonight/.

    Thank you in anticipation.


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