https://opensiddur.org/?p=43029 Angels' Heads, a poem by Rosa Emma Salaman (1853) 2022-03-02 22:24:40 "Angels' Heads" by Rosa Emma Collins née Salaman was published in her bound collections of poetry, <em>Poems</em> (1853), p. 56-58. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Rosa Emma Salaman https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Visual Meditation 19th century C.E. Angels 57th century A.M. English Romanticism Prayers as poems English vernacular prayer
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From a picture by Sir Joshua Reynolds. A Child’s Portrait in Different Views: ‘Angel’s Heads’ (ca. 1797)
Angels’ heads!—oh, blessed vision!
That would picture things so fair,
Lead us to that world elysian,
For a while to linger there.
Here, the blue transparent sky
Circles round a face divine;
There, the gaze of that soft eye
Purely, brilliantly doth shine.
We long to pierce the pale, pure ether,
That in mystery doth fling
Its shadow on the radiant feather
Of that gentle angel’s wing.
With eyes upturned, and looks of wonder,
Is that little seraph mute?
Or, with rosy lips asunder,
Sings he to some unseen lute?
One bows down in meek submission;
Love that little soul doth fill—
Love that seeks, in heavenly mission,
To obey its Maker’s will.
Have those golden locks been ever
Made the theme of earthly love?
Were fond parents doomed to sever
From such blessed ones above?
No; methinks those beauteous heads
Ne’er were tossed by earthly billows;
Clouds of heaven their only beds,
Sunshine through those clouds their pillows.
Rest, and rapture, tranquil gladness;
Wings outspread, the air to cleave;
Joy, without one touch of sadness;
Heaven possessed, no earth to leave.
“Angels’ Heads” by Rosa Emma Collins née Salaman was published in her bound collections of poetry, Poems (1853), p. 56-58. For the rabbinic Jewish conception of the keruvim appearing in the likeness of children, find Rabbi Abbahu’s teaching in Chagigah 13b and Sukkah 5b.
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