Quatrain VIICome fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentence fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly - and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.
I had decided against posting this one here at first, but was somehow persuaded otherwise by the approach of spring. I shall probably find I ought to have listened to my first judgement...
As with the illustration to quatrain IX,
I again drew from Persian mythology for this; this time choosing the Huma bird as the subject. It is a creature of fortune who bestows kingship and flies without ever coming to rest. In some variations of its legends, it is said, like the phoenix, to consume itself in flames and rise again. I felt that it might serve for the metaphorical 'Bird of Time' of the quatrain.
lllustration for the 150th anniversary edition of Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
, published by The Folio Society, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies (edition sold out): [link]
Watercolours and gouache highlights on Arches Hot Pressed watercolour paper, 140lbs/300 gsm; 240 x 135mm.
Other illustrations for this book: [link]
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