What is more wondrous and expressive of spring’s energetic regeneration than a lovely verse and exquisite painting?
Her name means Beautiful Moon.But to this fair Belphoebe in her Birth
The Heavens so favourable were and free,
Looking with mild Aspect upon the Earth,
In th’ Horoscope of her Nativity,
That all the Gifts of Grace and Chastity
On her they poured forth of plenteous Horn;
Jove laugh’d on Venus from his sovereign See,
And Phoebus with fair Beams did her adorn,
And all the Graces rock’d her Cradle, being born.
The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser, 1590
Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance