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That body and that soul, too perfect at the full to lie in a cradle


© 2005
BASID #675

Beth Ames Swartz
That body and that soul, too perfect at the full to lie in a cradle
acrylic, paste and holographic film on canvas
54" x 66" (1.37m x 1.67m)
2005


Words "hidden" behind central image

Sing out the song; sing to the end, and sing
The strange reward of all that discipline.

All thought becomes an image and the soul
Becomes a body: that body and that soul
Too perfect at the full to lie in a cradle,

Too lonely for the traffic of the world:
Body and soul cast out and cast away
Beyond the visible world.

All dreams of the soul
End in a beautiful man's or woman's body.

W.B. Yeats (18651939). The Wild Swans at Coole. 1919: from 35. The Phases of the Moon, lines 58-67.