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Lena Silva




Title: ‘OEILLADE’ 
 (Inspired in one of Sandro Botticelli’s works) 

 When first thy sweet and gracious eye 
 Vouchsaf’d ev’n in the midst of youth and night 
 To look upon me, who before did lie 
 Weltring in sinne; 
 I felt a sugred strange delight, 
 Passing all cordials made by any art, 
 Bedew, embalme, and overrunne my heart, 
 And take it in. 

 Since that time many a bitter storm 
 My soul hath felt, ev’n able to destroy, 
 Had the malicious and ill-meaning harm 
 His swing and sway: 
 But still thy sweet originall joy, 
 Sprung from thine eye, did work within my soul, 
 And surging griefs, when they grew bold, controll, 
 And got the day. 

 If thy first glance so powerfull be, 
 A mirth but open’d and seal’d up again; 
 What wonders shall we feel, when we shall see 
 Thy full-ey’d love! 
 When thou shalt look us out of pain, 
 And one aspect of thine spend in delight 
 More then a thousand sunnes dispurse in light, 
 In heav'n above. 
 Poem by George Herbert - ‘The Glance’. Work on cardboard panel. Gesso layer. Mediums: Windsor & Newton oils. Dimensions: 42 cm x 30 cm (unframed) Year: 2021 Artist: Lena Silva

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