Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall is now closed for redevelopment.
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Abbot Hall is one of Kendal’s most impressive historic buildings, Grade I listed and of national significance. The Georgian villa and its stables were built on the banks of the River Kent between 1759 and 1762 by Colonel George Wilson. The Gallery has achieved a national profile, offering exhibitions for children and adults to experience art at first hand. The beautifully furnished Georgian period rooms display work by J M W Turner, John Ruskin, John Constable and George Romney. The upstairs galleries command views of the River Kent and Kendal Castle and are perfect spaces for showing contemporary work. Check our website to see what's on at Abbot Hall Art Gallery today: www.abbothall.org.uk

To celebrate #LGBTHistoryMonth, we're sharing works by LGBT+ artists in our collection. Joan Eardley, 'Children and Chal...
19/02/2020

To celebrate #LGBTHistoryMonth, we're sharing works by LGBT+ artists in our collection.

Joan Eardley, 'Children and Chalked Wall No. 2', 1963.
Born in Sussex in 1921, Eardley studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1940–1943 and remained in Scotland up until her untimely death from cancer at the age of 42. Here Eardley depicts two Glasgow street urchins, a common subject in her work, loitering in front of a wall plastered with graffiti. The figures of the children are shifted to the lower-hand section of the composition so that Eardley can lavish attention on the graffiti-covered brownstone wall, punctuated by bursts of colour from the collaged material stuck directly to the canvas.

#joaneardley #lgbt #lgbtq #pride #celebrate

Today families in Barrow took part in one of our half term workshops at Hartington Street Methodist Church They created ...
17/02/2020

Today families in Barrow took part in one of our half term workshops at Hartington Street Methodist Church They created their own 'museum cabinets' out of paper! Our next workshop is at Abbey Road Baptist Church on Wednesday 19 February, 11am - 1pm.
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FOLDED is an ongoing community project in collaboration with schools, communities, and artists. Their work will be exhibited in June in a special installation at Abbot Hall. More details to follow.
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#paperart #community #closure #redevelopment #cumbria #artconnectsus

Happy Valentine's Day!Josefina de Vasconcellos, 'The Sea Legend'. #valentine #sculpture #womanartist #love
14/02/2020

Happy Valentine's Day!
Josefina de Vasconcellos, 'The Sea Legend'
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#valentine #sculpture #womanartist #love

To celebrate #LGBTHistoryMonth, we're sharing works by LGBT+ artists in our collection. Keith Vaughan, 'The Bather', 196...
12/02/2020

To celebrate #LGBTHistoryMonth, we're sharing works by LGBT+ artists in our collection.

Keith Vaughan, 'The Bather', 1960.
Vaughan was initially known for his landscapes but he increasingly depicted the human form, often male nudes, throughout his life. He painted them from 'an imaginative recollection' rather than life.

In his paintings and personal journals, Vaughan was able to make sense of the world around him and his emotions. He wrote in 1951 that '...to be a painter it is necessary to transport all one's feelings into visual terms, even quite private feelings.'

#keithvaughan #lgbt #lgbtq #pride #celebrate

To celebrate #LGBTHistoryMonth, we're sharing works by LGBT+ artists in our collection. David Hockney, 'Mirror, Mirror o...
05/02/2020

To celebrate #LGBTHistoryMonth, we're sharing works by LGBT+ artists in our collection.

David Hockney, 'Mirror, Mirror on the Wall', 1961
The quotations in the etching come from two homoerotic poems by C. P. Cavafy, 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' and 'The Mirror at the Entrance'. Although love and male beauty were the primary inspirations for this print, Hockney has also explained that 'making a mirror have feelings is a wonderful poetic idea that strongly appeals to me'.

#davidhockney #lgbt #lgbtq #pride #celebrate

Are you looking for your next exciting Marketing career opportunity?  Lakeland Arts are recruiting for an experienced Bu...
04/02/2020
Work and Volunteering | Lakeland Arts

Are you looking for your next exciting Marketing career opportunity? Lakeland Arts are recruiting for an experienced Business Development Manager, Marketing & PR Officer and a Marketing & Digital Coordinator to join their Business Development Team. For more details: http://ow.ly/8E3h50ycRPI (Closing date: 17 February 2020).

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE: Colour and Light: The Influence of the Scottish Colourists.The exhibition explores the achievements ...
29/01/2020

LAST CHANCE TO SEE: Colour and Light: The Influence of the Scottish Colourists.
The exhibition explores the achievements of the Scottish Colourists, and for the first time, their influence and impact on later artists. Closes 1 February.

'Blue Nude', c.1909–1910, John Duncan Fergusson
@flemingcollection

#scottishcolourists #visitcumbria #kendal #fergusson #scottishart

We saw a bandwagon and jumped on it. #DollyPartonChallenge
28/01/2020

We saw a bandwagon and jumped on it. #DollyPartonChallenge

Wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year!#YearoftheRat #LunarNewYear #CNY
27/01/2020

Wishing everyone a Happy Lunar New Year!
#YearoftheRat #LunarNewYear #CNY

DON'T MISS: Join Lakeland Arts and Graham Easterlow on 1 February in celebrating the first day of LGBT+ History Month, a...
25/01/2020

DON'T MISS: Join Lakeland Arts and Graham Easterlow on 1 February in celebrating the first day of LGBT+ History Month, and the final day of the exhibition, ‘LGBT+ Within & Beyond’.

Graham Easterlow (pronouns they/them) is an award winning social entrepreneur, outstanding educator and queer artist who grew up in South Lakeland. They are the founding member of queer theatre company, Bordello Theatre, who have been artists-in-residence for the exhibition ‘LGBT+ Within & Beyond’ at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

Join the conversation and book now: http://ow.ly/cB8a50y1mxS
#LGBT #representation #lgbthistorymonth

Forged PathsA young persons’ response to the works of Elisabeth Frink & Barbara Hepworth23 - 25 Jan...This weeks exhibit...
23/01/2020

Forged Paths
A young persons’ response to the works of Elisabeth Frink & Barbara Hepworth
23 - 25 Jan
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This weeks exhibition in A Centre of Attention celebrates the original art created by children aged 7 - 11 years old from Crosthwaite CE Primary School and Grayrigg CE Primary School. Their work is shown together with Harbinger Bird II, Elisabeth Frink and Barbara Hepworth’s Aegean Suite lithographs.
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All children visited Abbot Hall Art Gallery to view the original work. This was followed by a creative exploration of form through print making in the gallery. Through this process children learnt about the ‘women sculptors’. Back at school, children then developed their original ideas through an artist led workshop. In the case of Crosthwaite, this was wire form Manx Shearwaters, and at Grayrigg this was ceramic forms inspired by natural objects.
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The children of both schools will receive an accredited Arts Award Explore.
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A Centre of Attention is a free to access nomadic space. Drop in for free if you are visiting this gallery.
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#creativitymatters @curiousminds #artsward #cumbrianuseumsconsortium #crosthwaiteprimary #grayriggprimary @ Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Drop in to our last Crawl in the Hall sessions before we close for our redevelopment. This Friday little ones are invite...
23/01/2020

Drop in to our last Crawl in the Hall sessions before we close for our redevelopment. This Friday little ones are invited to explore textures, sing songs, and play musical instruments. More info here: http://ow.ly/Ux9z50y1kJ5
#babyfun #thingstodo #littleones

Starting Saturday the 1st of Feb at Blackwell. Our NEW clubs for 2020. Make friends, learn new things, earn awards. #lak...
21/01/2020

Starting Saturday the 1st of Feb at Blackwell. Our NEW clubs for 2020. Make friends, learn new things, earn awards. #lakedistrict #artclub #STEM #ARTforkids

Try something new in 2020 with our launch of an Arts and Crafts Club at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House:☑️for 7-12 ...
15/01/2020

Try something new in 2020 with our launch of an Arts and Crafts Club at Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House:

☑️for 7-12 year olds
☑️10.30am - 12.30pm
☑️£5 per child!

Looking to encourage your children to try something new this year (and distract them from screens)? A new Arts & Crafts Club kicks off at Blackwell on 1 Feb. New creative skills to learn about and try. Something different every week. See website to book - http://ow.ly/lKNL50xQ2ma.
Fantastic for Families

Barbara Hepworth was born #OnThisDay in 1903.Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield, in the north of England, and is one...
10/01/2020

Barbara Hepworth was born #OnThisDay in 1903.

Barbara Hepworth was born in Wakefield, in the north of England, and is one of the most celebrated British sculptors of the 20th century. She studied at Leeds School of Art alongside Henry Moore and then at the Royal College of Art in London. She promoted the avant-garde practice of direct carving (working directly with their materials rather than making a smaller maquette or design for a craftsman to work from). In 1939, she moved to St Ives on the coast of Cornwall in the far south-west of England and acquired Trewyn Studio in 1950. She remained there for the rest of her life.

On display now: Torso III (Galatea), 1958

Happy New Year to you all.  It's your #LastChanceToSee the #ScottishColourists at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.  We also have ...
02/01/2020

Happy New Year to you all. It's your #LastChanceToSee the #ScottishColourists at Abbot Hall Art Gallery. We also have an incredible sale on in our shop!
Art Fund #Kendal #Cumbria #exhibitions

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are now closed, reopening 2 January. 🎄'Nativity', Harry Hellawell, 1968#merrych...
23/12/2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are now closed, reopening 2 January. 🎄
'Nativity', Harry Hellawell, 1968
#merrychristmas #happyholidays #happynewyear

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 12: Today we're thanking our fr...
23/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 12: Today we're thanking our friends, funders, and supporters. We could not do any of our projects, initiatives, and exhibitions without you! Thank you for being our advocates and partners as we embark on our next journey together in 2020.
#acesupported #thankyou #friends

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 11: Today we're thanking our vo...
22/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 11: Today we're thanking our volunteers. Thank you for giving your time and energy to support us, and providing those who visit us a warm, welcoming experience. Pictured are some of our dedicated volunteer invigilators.
#acesupported #thankyou #volunteer

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 10: Today we're thanking... you...
21/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 10: Today we're thanking... you! Thank you for being part of our digital audience, whether it's snapping, tagging, scrolling or tapping. Your engagement helps us to spread the word about what we have going on. Pictured is our wonderful café view at Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories
#acesupported #thankyou #12DaysofThankYous

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 9: Today we're thanking our vis...
20/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 9: Today we're thanking our visitors. Whether you're local or international, an art lover or social history enthusiast, thank you for visiting our sites and engaging with our collections. Pictured here is LGBThq at our Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, when we opened up our collections for reinterpretation and interrogation for the first time.
#acesupported #visitors #thankyou #visitkendal #visitcumbria #lgbt #pinc

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 8: we're thanking our supporter...
19/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 8: we're thanking our supporters of Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, our new sibling site which opened this year. If you helped with the opening of the museum, the launch of the learning programme, or visited us in our inaugural year, thank you for being part of Windermere Jetty's success! 🚣 Pictured are local Windermere schools who launched the museum's opening with their collective folk song
#acesupported #windermerejetty #thankyou

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 7: we're thanking children and ...
18/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 7: we're thanking children and young people who work with us across our sites. From our Art Clubs, to our work with Young Carers, to our climate strike workshops, thank you for letting us be part of your creative crafty journey! Pictured is one of the banners created during our CLIMArt workshop over October half term. #acesupported #youngpeople #thankyou

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 6: we're thanking our commissio...
17/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 6: we're thanking our commissioned artists who enrich our sites with their work. Thank you for bringing your expertise and contemporary artistry to our audiences. Pictured is a workshop for an ongoing commission, for our upcoming exhibition at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
#acesupported #artists #thankyou

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 5: we're thanking our artist facili...
16/12/2019

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.

Day 5: we're thanking our artist facilitators who deliver our programming and make them better with their involvement. Thank you for providing our audiences with truly creative experiences! Pictured is Bordello Theatre, who delivered a theatrical, immersive journey around our @museumoflakelandlife and enrichened our interpretation of Cumbrian LGBT+ narratives.
#acesupported #artists #thankyou

#12DaysofThankYous  Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 4: we're thanking the little ones ...
15/12/2019

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.

Day 4: we're thanking the little ones who get creative and craft with us. If you've visited us for Crawl in the Hall, Water Babies Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories or tried our summer sessions at Windermere or Kendal Library thank you to families for getting involved!
#acesupported #earlyyears #thankyou

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 3: we're thanking our communities w...
14/12/2019

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.

Day 3: we're thanking our communities who love to craft and create as much as we do. Pictured is a still of the short film 'Selkie Selfie', made by Ed Coyle, Chris Ireson, and Linda Fjodorova with Manna House, Cumbria. Abbot Hall screened the film in our #ACentreofAttention space in the gallery, a new collaborative project space until February 2020. Swipe to read our manifesto!
#acesupported #communities #thankyou

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 2: we're thanking our local schools...
13/12/2019

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.

Day 2: we're thanking our local schools for inspiring their students and for teachers who support our sites. Pictured is our Child Labour exhibition co-created with Dean Gibson RC Primary School and just one example of our projects this year!
#acesupported #schools #thankyou

Today we're launching #12DaysofThankYous ! Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 1: we're th...
12/12/2019

Today we're launching #12DaysofThankYous ! Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.
Day 1: we're thanking families who take the time to visit us during busy school holidays. Thank you for getting crafty with us, from clay tiles to birdhouses, and engaging with our collections!
#acesupported #families #thankyou

06/12/2019

Hurray! It’s time for the Christmas Tree Festival @KendalParish Church. Starts today. Come and support all the charities, especially ours!
Queen Katherine School , Furness College
Charities Christmas Tree Festival #acesupported

To celebrate the Colour of the Year we'd like to share Winifred Nicholson's oil on canvas of 'Candle at a Window'! #Clas...
05/12/2019

To celebrate the Colour of the Year we'd like to share Winifred Nicholson's oil on canvas of 'Candle at a Window'!
#ClassicBlue #Pantone2020
Can you find other examples? Search more of our collection online here: http://ow.ly/1Ue250xsEjY

Saturday 30 Nov is the final day of FREE entry to Abbot Hall and nearby Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry with any Nati...
30/11/2019

Saturday 30 Nov is the final day of FREE entry to Abbot Hall and nearby Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry with any National Lottery ticket.
#ThanksToYou for helping @NationalLotteryGoodCauses to generate millions for good causes every week!
#NationalLottery25

What is a ‘Caravan of Conversations’? Visit #aCentreOfAttention FREE at Abbot Hall where Hannah Fox presents a space to ...
28/11/2019

What is a ‘Caravan of Conversations’?
Visit #aCentreOfAttention FREE at Abbot Hall where Hannah Fox presents a space to foster conversation.

Hannah Fox is an Artist and Performer working in public spaces. Having trained in environmental art at the Glasgow School of Art, Hannah became a member of the radical Dutch Theatre Collective Dogtroep and now lives and works in her Cumbrian hilltop farm.

Hannah is also the creator of Once Upon a Woodland currently on display Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Her ‘Caravan of Conversations’ at Abbot Hall A Centre of Attention can be seen FREE between 12 - 14 December

See works from different local groups and artists in A Centre of Attention. Learn more ➡️ http://ow.ly/ZcXR30pVifL

In groups of all shapes and sizes we find can  express what matters to us 🧶Sewing group regular, Jac Osman started and s...
22/11/2019

In groups of all shapes and sizes we find can express what matters to us 🧶
Sewing group regular, Jac Osman started and stopped making this quilt so many times that good friend, Stephen Trevaskis, challenged her to finish it for her own mental health’s sake. After Stephen took his own life in 2018, Jac finished the quilt in his memory. It now hangs proudly at Abbot Hall today - on the eve of Stephens one year anniversary.

Manna House will support people in the South Lakes with any issue from tenant rights to tackling homelessness.

Learn more about their talented Sew What? group and see other incredible work and stories from the people from Manna House at Abbot Hall, FREE and on display to 23 Nov - let us know when you arrive that you’re visiting #aCentreOfAttention

Learn more about Manna House and A Centre of Attention ➡️ http://ow.ly/vj9G30pVhR3

21/11/2019
Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Oliver Clark was selected for the 2019 Romney Art Prize.

Oliver Clark was presented with Abbot Hall Art Gallery's annual Romney Art Prize. The piece selected was a photograph of Oliver and his closest friends holding an item that was most memorable to them. The work was part of Kendal College final year show.

The photograph will hang alongside many of the George Romney paintings, for which the prize is named after, in Abbot Hall Art Gallery from this summer. 'It is really exciting for a gallery with such renowned exhibitions and collections to support and nurture talent in Kendal. By doing this the gallery is showing its ambition in developing a contemporary voice for Kendal and Cumbria', said Ian Read, Head of Participation and Learning after presenting Oliver with his award.

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Abbot Hall Art Gallery, 9 Church Walk
Kendal
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Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station and a connecting train will bring you into Kendal (less than 1 mile away from Abbot Hall) with a level walk along the river.

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Winner of the Art Gallery of the Year Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works.

Conveniently located in Kendal town centre, Abbot Hall enjoys a pretty riverside setting. Just a stone’s throw from the leafy Abbot Hall Park and Kendal Parish Church, it makes for an inspiring day out for all.

On permanent display at Abbot Hall is an impressive collection of eighteenth and nineteenth-century art. In the elegant period rooms visitors will discover a selection of works by Cumbrian born artist George Romney, one of the greatest eighteenth-century portrait painters. The centre piece is what many perceive to be his masterpiece, the beautiful The Gower Family: The Children of Granville, 2nd Earl Gower (1776-7).

Also permanently exhibited is The Great Picture – an impressive triptych commissioned by Lady Anne Clifford (1590 – 1678) in 1646. It depicts the story of her life-long struggle for, and untimely succession to, the family inheritance.

Abbot Hall is also well known for showing an ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions by internationally renowned artists including Rembrandt, Canaletto, David Hockney, Barbara Hepworth and Claude Monet, to name a few.

Check our website to see what's on at Abbot Hall Art Gallery today: www.abbothall.org.uk

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Ever graceful in poise and panache She’ll make eloquence of me My freedom by my troth, what her and I If ever of beauty I see, I dream of thee If our two loves be one, thou and I Then I swear beauty herself is black My face in thine eyes, thine glory in mine And true in her heart, does my majesty shine - Nasir “Mawtini!” Grace, greatness, glory and splendour reign over your peaks In loving you, we find life, liberation, happiness and hope I see you safe, prosperous, successful and revered I will forever see you, up there amid the stars Listen, my people of mission, especially the women of this nation You all should exalt your nation, mother of dignity and zeal Learn from her and adopt her higher principles Recite prayers for our beloved, for they’ve graced their souls - Nasir “Freedom of Divinity in Poetic Love!” Pure black being the colour of my true love's hair Her face so beautiful and bright a rose of rosy fair With the prettiest complexion and dexterous hands We worship the ground whereon she stands My sweetheart love I love for sure and our childlike mirth she suave knows We adorn the lush flowering meadows where desirous free and frolic she goes Her merry black eyes an ever profound and hopeful sight Embrace she our dreams once again we seek to be of playful might - Nasir “Newth little Alison!” Like a fearless lioness her flowing blonde hair pounded the free-flowing Galilee breeze, her graceful white complexion hues of the blessed Virgin Mary shone as if the majestic glare of our fluorescent and divine Gabriel - or Jibril, with such beautiful and bright rosy lips she eloquently expressed to me of our timeless love, her squeaky and echoeing voice imbued every inflorescent flower in every garden with heavenly promise, prancing around in sheer delight her rhythmic steps were like children playing a harp in perfect melody, upon our childhood embrace her stupendous laughter created an aura of enchanted mystique, her mystique and searching look always seeking right into the heart of my fascinated eyes, with a collected mental attitude her praise and prayer forever elevated the majesty of God, and with every delicious and spellbinding kiss so fervent and so fine she became more fearless with flamboyance still ever lovingly enticed - Nasir “A Time To Love!” Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God Your playing small does not serve the world There is nothing enlightened about shrinking So that other people will not feel insecure around you We were born to make and manifest the glory of God that is within us It is not just in some of us; it is in almost everyone And as we let our own light shine We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same As we are liberated from our own fear Our presence freely liberates others - Nasir “The Royal Fables!” We triumphed in fun and danced in our mystique... I drew her nearer and hid behind her smile Laid under her body and kissed her grace Saw her outshine time and sung all her rhymes Embraced her maypole and dreamt her finesse Grew upon her beauty and praised her religiosity Sought her adventure and enchanted her nature Ever, one with God - new imaginative tones and hues we oft inspirit - Nasir ”Jubilations with Esmeralda!” Every colourful vision of a beautiful girl’s face, flowers above all with iridescent hues of hopeful yellow even almost tones of graceful gold, her soul cries jovial praise to elevate the tender feminine of spirit, through sensual and seductive eroticism her eyes illumine upon wooing wonder upon wonders wherefore her lips pulsate euphonious poetry allured in charismatic kisses, immediately she feels the warmth of the sun above caressing her soft facial beauty rich with fine elegance, seeing our desire peak her hopeful yellow an aurora of angelic brilliance speaks rhyme of love and fidelity to the world where she alone empowers justifiability, wherefore we’ll alone specify the enchant of chic femininity - Nasir “Heavenly Majesty!” The queen moon happily enounces my freedom Quite serene she empowers London - the holy city Where bright lamps glimmer the profound She stands in our vision ever free n’ fearless Loving her knowing she’ll bless God n’ ever the poor - Nasir “Elizabeth Siddall of Holborn!” Wonder if you’d be the most beautiful girl in the world? Plain to see you're my purpose that God made a girl. I’d avow your blissful face to be so subtle a tender flower? And bow feeling majestic in the warmth light of thy power. And if ever the stars fell one by one from your gentle sky, My baby know our amorous bliss will have no reason to ever be shy - Nasir “My Jerusalem!” Didn’t my foes those wise feet in times forever, Walk so gallant over England's mountainous green? And revelled the holy Lamb of my holiness God, Whereon England's pure pastures vividly seen? And classical did the countenance divine, Shine and shine on aligning quietly clouded hills? And wasn’t our sanctuaried Jerusalem sanctified here, Stifling the medieval darkness to lapse? Bring me O’ Lord my bow of burning gold! Bring me O’ Lord my arrows of desire! Bring me O’ Lord my spear! O clouds then unfold! Bring me O’ Lord my charmed chariot of fire! Cease you not from my vigorous fight Nor shall my sword sleep in God’s hopeful hand... Upon once we have freed O’ sweet Jerusalem so grand Everywhere nice on England's emerald and pleasant land - Nasir “Pink of Peace from Polarity and Paralysis!” Almighty God - loves you and so He loves me, Repenting for my sins, truly my God am I... Lo’ that we may be honestly so boldly be free, Save my life from the punishing eternal fire. Absolve me Merciful Lord, saved from their misdeed, Forever free to live my Protecter, may we well be... To ever call upon it your ever Exalted name O’ God - Nasir “The Sacred Crown!” Now, here, I lay me down to sleep, I pray Lord thy God my soul to keep. If I should die before I am to awake, I pray Lord thy God my soul to take. Holiest father unto thee we pray, Shelter us thou’st pleased all day. Ever safen in thy loving brightly sight, Keep me truest, please I bid thee good night - Nasir “An Adoration Of Admiration!” A mild silken beauty woven aracial is faceless to you Needs it never admiration from pale endogenous subtlety Her secrecies of esteem of a pearlesque English tailoress We yearn to see in profound eyes what she rejoices of free Who may I be when her heart seeks strength elsewhere here Only ever to feel my sight pained to think her beauty hides Somewhere so restful and peaceful hopeful of heavenly faith Why her girliest cheer wants me not kills essence of very life Thus I too hide quietened from able belief of her exuberance She has left me to play my complexion of her soul resistance The people howling don’t see me of her innocence and grace May she well see from what I am kept a righteous antiquity Whether her Englishness an aesthetic verity knows not of doubt - Nasir “Imagine, Dream, Believe!” I’ll ponder if thy’ll be my most beautiful lady upon this new and vast world? Ever so motherly seeing of purpose God made surety within thy smitten promise, Avowing her blissful face be tenderest akin a soul velvety flower keenly so memorable, Though amid pale we fade where thy solus aloft are a pedestal of mistiest and solus hues, And if ever the stars reveal of charm slight chance from height in thy clear timeless skies? Thine crying silence of amour be maybe blind to the pained black man I am scruple to thee of my black eyes - Nasir “Scenery On The Scenic Scene!” To caress her softly supple curvatures of her shining breasts Is to her an aphrodisiac ever visionary of bright velvety cheer Her featherlight eyes blinking an escape from nerves unblind Enslaved to freedom and slave to solidarity unheard she cries These tender strokes she won’t hurriedly eclipse to desire To think of love unbelievable a burden merely to poetic peace A victim to royalty needless of praiseworthy solace A victim She uplifts her poise peruse of slavery in hope of deliverance God the girl said upon my joyous tasting of her quivering lips Making swell love under the sun above our mightiest charm Her scenery ever scenic a masterpiece of sensual benignity and beauty - Nasir “Caledonian Spring!” If ye all thinketh admire please whispers of pukka poetics upon our most pious princess, pearlescent in generosity so pretty and petite a perfect emblem of God’s shimmering dew, ever seen of seasonal cheer and sheer womanly brilliance, peaceful dew on fertile ground whereon rosy roses arose and arise still of sunshine shorelines in quiet contemplation of the most finest moonlit exuberances, here filled lovingly with the melodious Caledonian spirit, her beauteous-kindness gracing my love everest the power of serene soul and of idyllic country scenery, my country - and still mine a slave’s dream you won’t believe you won’t free, desirous of you mine your heavenly dew timely with cheerful morning whispers of divinely devotion here to please and please of you if well God’s eternal pristine - Nasir “Tomorrow one day before Yesterday!” Beget unto thy Lord why not of uterine fortunes of reverence Keeping vivid utterances to beam ever so mirthful simplicity Why ouin not worrying the lady but profess fine declarations Glare not the poetry here some may mystify into mistiness Nor play the sad hymns before sung over my melodious glee Paint never a slave why if slavery has no genuine value at heart The elegance upon every tender emotion here of slavery misled Myself mired out of slavery only forsaken from merry laughter Searching the freedom where it elicits the beautiful not captivity - Nasir “Phylogenetic Proverbial Panache!” The enchant and pleasure that woo the sublime fanciful ever do so only upon the vital stimuli to sensual feminine mystique and allure of axiological polygenesis playfully exciting the divine intervention of love and here liberty uplifting our praxeological thinking of authenticity burning hope, hope generously making the wonder in spirit ever immaculate and ever fortunate of love, love where a kiss a truly behove kiss is ever sweetest upon your beautiful eyes feeling enchanted amid wooing my divine pleasures of the soul - Nasir And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister - 1 John 4:21