This oil on canvas painting is in the Ecole de Francaise style, circa 1900. (Click photo to view detail). It was on display at the twice-annual Antiquities Brocante last week at Place de Bastille. Seeing it, I was immediately struck by how much the painting resembled the mystical style of the poet William Blake. So for Poetry Thursday, here's Blake's poem The Voice Of The Ancient:
Youth of delight! come hither
And see the opening morn,
Image of Truth new-born.
Doubt is fled and clouds of reason,
Dark disputes and artful teasing.
Folly is an endless maze;
Tangled roots perplex her ways;
How many have fallen there!
They stumble all night over bones of the dead;
And feel--they know not what but care;
And wish to lead others, when they should be led.