Saturday, October 24, 2009

When Stretch'd on One's Bed

Jane Austen Poetry Scarf Made for Kristen Robinson

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When stretch'd on one's bed
With a fierce-throbbing head,
Which preculdes alike thought or repose,
How little one cares
For the grandest affairs
That may busy the world as it goes!

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How little one feels
For the waltzes and reels
Of our Dance-loving friends at a Ball!
How slight one's concern
To conjecture or learn
What their flounces or hearts may befall.

How little one minds

If a company dines
On the best that the Season affords!
How short is one's muse
O'er the Sauces and Stews,
Or the Guests, be they Beggars or Lords.

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How little the Bells,
Ring they Peels, toll they Knells,
Can attract our attention or Ears!
The Bride may be married,
The Corse may be carried
And touch nor our hopes nor our fears.

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Our own bodily pains
Ev'ry faculty chains;
We can feel on no subject besides.
Tis in health and in ease
We the power must seize
For our friends and our souls to provide.

~Jane Austen

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13 comments:

sherry ♥ lee said...

What a beautiful scarf!! I adore Austen (I'm reading some right now as a matter of fact) and this is just delighting me right down to my toes!!

Sandy said...

WoW! Incredible work !!

Holly Loves Art said...

Hi Ruth,
The scarf is absolutely gorgeous (I am thrilled that I got to see it in person!). Thank you so much for asking me to teach at Kristen's birthday tea. I had such a lovely time!
All my best,
Holly

mairedodd said...

this is just lovely and inspiring... what an incredibly wonderful gift!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Beautiful work and words Ruth. Hope you have a lovely Sunday

Carolyn ♥

ps. having a little giveaway if you want to pop over

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Beautiful work and words Ruth. Hope you have a lovely Sunday

Carolyn ♥

ps. having a little giveaway if you want to pop over

Corryna Janssen said...

What a great idea to do it this way. Lovely!

Poetic Artist said...

I love the scarf..I love love it.
Beautiful work.
Katelen

Pilar said...

This piece was even more stunning in person. You could feel the love and friendship from this scarf. xoxoxoxo

julie Haymaker thompson said...

OHHHHH RUTH!!!! YUMMY!!!

Teresa McFayden said...

oooooh...how lovely. Im coveting it!! Hope you are feeling better!

melissa@yummygoods said...

that is *awesome*! when I was in 9th grade i wrote ee cummings poetry all over a dress in sharpie. Stitched would have looked much better!

Boot ~C said...

this is a fabulous scarf! I love the script,beautiful!!