Tuesday, 13 December 2011

A Nocturnal Upon St Lucy's Day



In John Donne's time, this was the shortest day of the year - St Lucy's, 'both the year's and the day's deep midnight'. This setting of his poem (charming pronunciation and all) is heart-breaking.

John Donne's effigy in St Paul's Cathedral, based on a drawing of him in his death-shroud.

3 comments:

Theodric the Obscure said...

Have they changed the orientation of his effigy? My memory says it was lying down when I was there.

Clerk said...

That's funny - it was on the wall and upright when I visited (last spring). That didn't seem like a very sensible place for it, though, so perhaps it's been moved?

Seth said...

Thank you for posting this beautiful rendition.