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How Sweet I Roam’d

Profle picture of a girl, accompenied by verses of William Blake (1757-1827)

Hans Gottfried von Stockhausen
Remshalden-Buoch, 1998
Handiwork of the artist
Autonomous panel with verses by William Blake (1757-1827)
27.5 x 22cm
Transparent unipartite panel created using traditional glass-painting techniques (black vitreous paint, blue enamel, yellow silver stain)

One-off piece


Hans-Gottfried von Stockhausen was a connoisseur and admirer of the poetry of William Blake. The complete poem runs as follows:

How sweet I roam’d from field to field,
And tasted all the summer’s pride
‘Til the prince of love beheld
Who in the sunny beams did glide!

He shew’d me lilies for my hair
And blushing roses for my brow;
He led me through his garden fair,
Where all his golden pleasures grow.

With sweet May dews my wings were wet,
And Phoebus fir’d my vocal rage
He caught me in his silken net,
And shut me in his golden cage.

He loves to sit and hear me sing,
Then, laughing, sports and plays with me;
Then stretches out my golden wing,
And mocks my loss of liberty.

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Stained-glass window, William Blake, autonomous panel