“In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty."
- Phil Ochs
Install Theme
The Shepherd’s Dream, 1793, by Henry Fuseli
Fuseli referred to  	this text when he first exhibited the painting:
Behold a wonder! they but now who seemed In bigness to surpass Earth’s giant sons Now less than smallest dwarfs, in narrow room Throng numberless, like that Pygmean race Beyond the Indian mount, or fairy elves, Whose midnight revels, by a forest side Or fountain some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth Wheels her pale course: they on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.
John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667), Book II, ll.777-89

The Shepherd’s Dream, 1793, by Henry Fuseli

Fuseli referred to this text when he first exhibited the painting:

Behold a wonder! they but now who seemed In bigness to surpass Earth’s giant sons Now less than smallest dwarfs, in narrow room Throng numberless, like that Pygmean race Beyond the Indian mount, or fairy elves, Whose midnight revels, by a forest side Or fountain some belated peasant sees, Or dreams he sees, while overhead the moon Sits arbitress, and nearer to the earth Wheels her pale course: they on their mirth and dance Intent, with jocund music charm his ear; At once with joy and fear his heart rebounds.

John Milton,
Paradise Lost (1667), Book II, ll.777-89

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