To a Greek Girl

PhotographerEmma Justine Farnsworth

CountryUnited States


VolumeIn Arcadia

AtelierGeorge M. Allen & Co. (New York City)


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Allegorical, Fashion, Fields, Meadows, Genre: Women, Landscape, Figure, Musical Instruments, Mythology


Image Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.0 cm | 16.8 x 12.0 cm (spot-glued on four corners to support, with entire tissue gravure shown)
Support Dimensions: 29.7 x 25.0 cm Bristol paper leaf

The following poem by English poet and essayist Henry Austin Dobson  (1840-1921) accompanies this photograph in the volume pagination:


To a Greek Girl.

With breath of thyme and bees that hum,
Across the years you seem to come,—
Across the years with nymph-like head,
And wind-blown brows unfilleted;
A girlish shape that slips the bud
In lines of unspoiled symmetry;
A girlish shape that stirs the blood
With pulse of Spring, Autonoë!

Where’er you pass,—where’er you go,
I hear the pebbly rillet flow;
Where’er you go,—where’er you pass,
There comes a gladness on the grass;
You bring blithe airs where’er you tread,—
Blithe airs that blow from down and sea;
You wake in me a Pan not dead,—
Not wholly dead!—Autonoë!

How sweet with you on some green sod
To wreathe the rustic garden-god;
How sweet beneath the chestnut’s shade
With you to weave a basket-braid;
To watch across the stricken chords
Your rosy-twinkling fingers flee;
To woo you in soft woodland words,
With woodland pipe, Autonoë!

In vain,—in vain! The years divide:
Where Thamis rolls a murky tide,
I sit and fill my painful reams,
And see you only in my dreams;—
A vision, like Alcestis, brought
From under-lands of Memory,—
A dream of Form in days of Thought,—
A dream,—a dream, Autonoë!

Austin Dobson.

To a Greek Girl