08 July 2015

My Morning At the Library

I was really happy to find this colour plate of Vanessa Bell's portrait of Strachey.
I had previously only seen it reproduced in black and white. 

Let me not know the wherefore and the how.
     No question let me ask, no answer find;
I deeper taste the blessed here and now
     Bereft of speculation, with eyes blind.
What need to seek or see?
It is enough to be.

In absolute quiescence let me rest,
     From all the world, from mine own self, apart;
I closer hold the illimitable best,
     Still as the final silence, with calm heart,
What need to strive or move?
It is enough to love.

                                  Lytton Strachey, 1931
                                  A Critical Biography Vol II, p.691

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