Sunday, January 20, 2013


How My Time Is Passed

Matthew Prior (1664-1721), excerpt from "Epistle to Fleetwood Shephard, Esq." (Burleigh, May 14, 1689):
Let me just tell You how my Time is
Past in a Country-Life.——Imprimis,
As soon as PHOEBUS' Rays inspect us,
First, Sir, I read, and then I Breakfast;
So on, 'till foresaid God does set,
I sometimes Study, sometimes Eat.
Thus, of your Heroes and brave Boys,
With whom old HOMER makes such Noise,
The greatest Actions I can find,
Are, that They did their Work, and din'd.
Or sometimes I combine the two pursuits (studying and eating):

Charles Spencelayh, Morning Chapter

The bread in Spencelayh's painting looks delicious. Likewise the bread in this still life by Anne Vallayer Coster:

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