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The Dream of St. Joseph, Georges de La Tour (1593-1652)

The Temptation of Saint Joseph

All I ask is one
Important and elegant proof
That what my Love had done
Was really at your will
And that your will is Love.
No, you must believe;
Be silent, and sit still.

--W.H. Auden (1907-1973)

Reader Comments (7)

Beautiful poem. But Joseph in the painting is so OLD!

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette Lyon

Like Annette, I prefer to think of Joseph as a hotty (you didn't say that A, but I know how you think);) Another poem I have never heard--just loved it! And I love the light on the angels face. I am grateful that you are doing this, Luisa.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi Ashworth

I enjoyed this one. The poem is thought provoking and the light in the painting is beautiful.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSydneyMin

Two of my all-time favorites: De la Tour and Auden. Thanks for bringing some calm into my Sunday (and shouldn't that be an oxymoron?)

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen of A2eatwrite

Maybe Joseph is old because it's much later in his life and he's just always wondered and wanted confirmation, even after all those years?

I love this poem, which again, I've never read before. Really hit me.

December 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenna Consolo

Beautiful -- Even Joseph wasn't allowed to seek a sign. (Although there were a whole lot of angels traipsing about!)

Be silent, sit still and believe...is good advice for us all.

December 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercharrette

Lovely, so lovely, both the painting as the poem

December 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGoofball

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