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"Autoritratto" (1887), olio su tela, 65 x 50.5 cm, del pittore Vincent Van Gogh (Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)


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"Jodelling song"
di Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

"We bear velvet cream.
Green and babyish
Small leaves seem; each stream
Horses' tails that swish,
And the chimes remind
Us of sweet birds singing,
Like the Jangling bells,
On rose trees ringing.
Man must say farewells
To parents now,
And to William Tell
And to Mrs Cow.
Man must say farewells
To storks and Bettes,
And to roses, 'bells,
And statuettes,
Forests white and black
In spring are blue
With forget-me-nots,
And to lovers true
Still the sweet bird begs
And tries to cozen
Them: -- Buy angels' eggs
Sold by the dozen. --

Gone are clouds like inns
On the gardens' brinks,
And the mountain djinns,-
Ganymede sells drinks;
While the days seem grey,
And his heart of ice,
Grey as chamois, or
The edelweiss,
And the mountain streams
Like cowbells sound-
Tirra lirra, drowned
In the waiter's dreams
Who has gone beyond
The forest waves,
While his true and fond
Ones seek their graves."

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