Keep Thou Thy Soul Translucent

Girl with Red Hair

9×12″ watercolor on paper
January 9, 2013

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Inspired the following passage from George MacDonald’s Robert Falconer:

Men call the shadow, thrown upon the universe where their own dusky souls come between it and the eternal sun, ‘life’, and then mourn that it should be less bright than the hopes of their childhood.

Keep thou thy soul translucent, that thou mayest never see its shadow; at least never abuse thyself with the philosophy which calls that shadow life.

Or, rather would I say, become thou pure in heart, and thou shalt see God, whose vision alone is life.

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