Thursday, August 8, 2013

On Sara Teasdale's Birthday...

Sir William Orpen -- Grace Reading at Howth Bay

"I Have Loved Hours At Sea"
by Sara Teasdale

I have loved hours at sea, gray cities,
The fragile secret of a flower,
Music, the making of a poem
That gave me heaven for an hour;

First stars above a snowy hill,
Voices of people kindly and wise,
And the great look of love, long hidden,
Found at last in meeting eyes.

I have loved much and been loved deeply--
Oh when my spirit's fire burns low,
Leave me the darkness and the stillness,
I shall be tired and glad to go.


  1. I love Sara Teasdale. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem to commemorate her birthday. But I REALLY love the painting! Wow!

  2. It's one of my favorite Orpen paintings...and just captured the poem so perfectly. Thanks for stopping by!