|Searching For the Soul of Peter Paul Rubens
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||When we were come to the door, she did tell me to stay outside. She said I couldn't come into her house. But I did have
where I could go. I went to talk with
Good King Edward I
Eleanor of Castile
. I did climb onto the
fence and into the arms of lovely Queen Eleanor. I do so like to be in her arms when things do trouble me. She has understandings. From her arms I did go to hunt for the soul of
Peter Paul Rubens
Lucian Horace Ovid Virgil
rode in my left apron pocket and
rode in my right apron pocket. She is a most shy mouse and does keep her nose hid. As we did go along, I did gather gray leaves. Forty-two gray leaves I did so gather.
||Together we did go to the
. We went
the little tree that I have planted there for rememberings of good John Milton, for this day is the day of his borning in 1608. We did have prayers. It was so lonesome --
Peter Paul Rubens
not being there to grunt Amen at in-between times.
came near unto me when prayers were most done. He did put his nose against my hand for a pat. I gave him two. One was for him and one was for Peter Paul Rubens that was.
||Then we all did go in the way that does lead to the
where the willows grow. When we were come, all that were with me did stand very close by. They so did stand while I did drop the gray leaves upon the water. All the forty-two leaves I did gather I did drop upon the water, for this is the day of the going-away of Antoine Van Dyck in 1641. And his years they were forty-two. When the leaves were all upon the water I did say a little prayer, and we came home. It was most dark-time and the lamp on the kitchen table did shine its light out the window. And it came down the path to meet us.
Center for Electronic Studying, University of Oregon.
February 6, 2003