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William Morris

Geburtstag: 24. März 1834
Todesdatum: 3. Oktober 1896
Andere Namen: Вилијам Морис, উইলিয়াম মরিস

William Morris war ein britischer Maler, Architekt, Dichter, Kunstgewerbler, Ingenieur und Drucker. Er war weiter einer der Gründer des Arts and Crafts Movement und früher Begründer der sozialistischen Bewegung in Großbritannien. Wikipedia

Zitate William Morris

„Love is enough: cherish life that abideth,
Lest ye die ere ye know him, and curse and misname him;
For who knows in what ruin of all hope he hideth,
On what wings of the terror of darkness he rideth?“

—  William Morris

Love is Enough (1872), Song VI: Cherish Life that Abideth
Kontext: Love is enough: cherish life that abideth,
Lest ye die ere ye know him, and curse and misname him;
For who knows in what ruin of all hope he hideth,
On what wings of the terror of darkness he rideth?
And what is the joy of man's life that ye blame him
For his bliss grown a sword, and his rest grown a fire?

„It happened once, some men of Italy
Midst the Greek Islands went a sea-roving,
And much good fortune had they on the sea“

—  William Morris

The Earthly Paradise (1868-70), The Lady of the Land
Kontext: It happened once, some men of Italy
Midst the Greek Islands went a sea-roving,
And much good fortune had they on the sea:
Of many a man they had the ransoming,
And many a chain they gat and goodly thing;
And midst their voyage to an isle they came,
Whereof my story keepeth not the name.

„So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on“

—  William Morris

"Art Under Plutocracy" (1883).
Kontext: So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die.

„Masters, I have to tell a tale of woe,
A tale of folly and of wasted life“

—  William Morris

Introductory verse.
The Earthly Paradise (1868-70)
Kontext: Masters, I have to tell a tale of woe,
A tale of folly and of wasted life,
Hope against hope, the bitter dregs of strife,
Ending, where all things end, in death at last.

„Love is enough: though the World be a-waning
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining“

—  William Morris

Love is Enough (1872), Song I : Though the World Be A-Waning
Kontext: Love is enough: though the World be a-waning
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.

„Love is enough: ho ye who seek saving,
Go no further; come hither; there have been who have found it“

—  William Morris

Love is Enough (1872), Song IX: Ho Ye Who Seek Saving
Kontext: Love is enough: ho ye who seek saving,
Go no further; come hither; there have been who have found it,
And these know the House of Fulfilment of Craving;
These know the Cup with the roses around it;
These know the World's Wound and the balm that hath bound it:
Cry out, the World heedeth not, "Love, lead us home!"

„Therefore, I bid you not dwell in hell but in heaven, or while ye must, upon earth, which is a part of heaven, and forsooth no foul part.“

—  William Morris, buch A Dream of John Ball

Quelle: A Dream of John Ball (1886), Ch. 4: The Voice of John Ball
Kontext: Forsooth, brothers, fellowship is heaven, and lack of fellowship is hell: fellowship is life, and lack of fellowship is death: and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them, and the life that is in it, that shall live on and on for ever, and each one of you part of it, while many a man's life upon the earth from the earth shall wane.
Therefore, I bid you not dwell in hell but in heaven, or while ye must, upon earth, which is a part of heaven, and forsooth no foul part.

„Dreamer of dreams, born out of my due time,
Why should I strive to set the crooked straight?“

—  William Morris

The Earthly Paradise (1868-70), Apology
Kontext: Dreamer of dreams, born out of my due time,
Why should I strive to set the crooked straight?
Let it suffice me that my murmuring rhyme
Beats with light wing against the ivory gate,
Telling a tale not too importunate
To those who in the sleepy region stay,
Lulled by the singer of an empty day.

„Let us speak, love, together some words of our story,
That our lips as they part may remember the glory!“

—  William Morris

Love is Enough (1872), Song VII: Dawn Talks to Day
Kontext: Let us speak, love, together some words of our story,
That our lips as they part may remember the glory!
O soft day, O calm day, made clear for our sake!

„Pass by me, and hearken, and think of me not!“

—  William Morris

Love is Enough (1872), Song IV: Draw Near and Behold Me
Variante: Pass by me, I hearken, and think of you not!
Kontext: Love is enough: draw near and behold me
Ye who pass by the way to your rest and your laughter,
And are full of the hope of the dawn coming after;
For the strong of the world have bought me and sold me
And my house is all wasted from threshold to rafter.
— Pass by me, and hearken, and think of me not!

„Alas, alas! another day gone by,
Another day and no soul come“

—  William Morris

The Earthly Paradise (1868-70), The Lady of the Land
Kontext: "Alas, alas! another day gone by,
Another day and no soul come," she said;
"Another year, and still I am not dead!"
And with that word once more her head she raised,
And on the trembling man with great eyes gazed.

„The dreams of the dawn wherein death and hope strive.“

—  William Morris

Love is Enough (1872), Song II: Have No Thought for Tomorrow
Kontext: Lo, the lovers unloved that draw nigh for your blessing!
For your tale makes the dreaming whereby yet they live
The dreams of the day with their hopes of redressing,
The dreams of the night with the kisses they give,
The dreams of the dawn wherein death and hope strive.

„Forsooth, brothers, fellowship is heaven, and lack of fellowship is hell“

—  William Morris, buch A Dream of John Ball

Quelle: A Dream of John Ball (1886), Ch. 4: The Voice of John Ball
Kontext: Forsooth, brothers, fellowship is heaven, and lack of fellowship is hell: fellowship is life, and lack of fellowship is death: and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them, and the life that is in it, that shall live on and on for ever, and each one of you part of it, while many a man's life upon the earth from the earth shall wane.
Therefore, I bid you not dwell in hell but in heaven, or while ye must, upon earth, which is a part of heaven, and forsooth no foul part.

„Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.“

—  William Morris

Love is Enough (1872), Song I : Though the World Be A-Waning
Kontext: Love is enough: though the World be a-waning
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,
And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.

„But the kissed lips of Love and fair life everlasting!
Cry out, for one heedeth, who leadeth you home!“

—  William Morris

Love is Enough (1872), Song IX: Ho Ye Who Seek Saving
Kontext: Come — pain ye shall have, and be blind to the ending!
Come — fear ye shall have, mid the sky's overcasting!
Come — change ye shall have, for far are ye wending!
Come — no crown ye shall have for your thirst and your fasting,
But the kissed lips of Love and fair life everlasting!
Cry out, for one heedeth, who leadeth you home!

„Its contempt of simple pleasures which everyone could enjoy but for its folly? Its eyeless vulgarity which has destroyed art, the one certain solace of labour?“

—  William Morris

Why I Am A Socialist (1884).
Kontext: What shall I say concerning its mastery of and its waste of mechanical power, its commonwealth so poor, its enemies of the commonwealth so rich, its stupendous organization — for the misery of life! Its contempt of simple pleasures which everyone could enjoy but for its folly? Its eyeless vulgarity which has destroyed art, the one certain solace of labour? All this I felt then as now, but I did not know why it was so. The hope of the past times was gone, the struggles of mankind for many ages had produced nothing but this sordid, aimless, ugly confusion.

„Ye know not how void is your hope and your living:
Depart with your helping lest yet ye undo me!“

—  William Morris

Love is Enough (1872), Song IV: Draw Near and Behold Me
Kontext: Ye know not how void is your hope and your living:
Depart with your helping lest yet ye undo me!
Ye know not that at nightfall she draweth near to me,
There is soft speech between us and words of forgiving
Till in dead of the midnight her kisses thrill through me.
— Pass by me and harken, and waken me not!

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