Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Haunts of Pan

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), "The Rural Pan," Pagan Papers, 7th ed. (London: John Lane, 1900), pp. 65-71 (at 67):
Meanwhile, nor launches nor lawns tempt him that pursueth the rural Pan. In the hushed recesses of Hurley backwater, where the canoe may be paddled almost under the tumbling comb of the weir, he is to be looked for; there the god pipes with freest abandonment. Or under the great shadow of Streatley Hill, "annihilating all that's made to a green thought in a green shade"; or better yet, pushing an explorer's prow up the remote untravelled Thame, till Dorchester's stately roof broods over the quiet fields. In solitudes such as these Pan sits and dabbles, and all the air is full of the music of his piping.

Arnold Böcklin (1827-1901), Pan im Schilf
(Munich, Neue Pinakothek, Inv. Nr. WAF 67)

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