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© photo RMN, Hervé Lewandowski


Paris, musée d'Orsay

© Musée du Louvre - Marie-Alice Loiseau


De l'Impressionisme à l'Art Nouveau, acquisitions du Musée d'Orsay 1990-1996, Paris, France, 1996.

SPENCE, Benjamin Edward

Liverpool, 1822 - Livourne, 1866

Le murmure de l'ange

The Angel's Whisper



H.: 0.68 m.; W.: 0.72 m.; D. 0.63 m.

Signed and dated on the pedestal: B. SPENCE FECIT ROMA

Paris, musée d'Orsay



Collection Henry Robertson Sandbach of Hafodunos Hall, Langernyw.

Sale Christie's London, The nineteenth century, n°235.

19th century



A baby was sleeping,

Its mother was weeping,

For her husband was far on the wild raging sea;

And the tempest was swelling

Round the fisherman's dwelling,

And she cried, "Dermot, darling, oh! come back to me."



Her beads while she number'd,

The baby still slumber'd,

And smiled in her face as she bended her knee;

"Oh blest be that warning,

My child's sleep adorning,

For I know that the angels are whispering with thee.



"And while they are keeping

Bright watch o'er thy sleeping,

Oh, pray to them softly, my baby, with me

And say thou wouldst rather

They'd watch o'er thy father!

For I know that the angels are whispering with thee."



The dawn of the morning

Saw Dermot returning,

And the wife wept with joy her babe's father to see;

And closely caressing

Her child, with a blessing,

Said, "I knew that the angels were whispering with thee."

Samuel Lover (1797-1868)